Sow Generous. What To Do In June!

It’s June! Here’s what you should accomplish in your vegetable garden this month.




Plant out the last of your cold sensitive plants.

Traditionally I plant my Luffa seedlings, Sweet Potato slips and corn seeds on June 1st.  ALL of these will grow much better if you put down a sheet of black thermal mulch a week or two before planting. It’ll help heat up the soil by at least 10 degrees which these plants love. Many black mulches are biodegradable (like the one I linked to).

Make a watering plan.  

A few years ago I installed my drip irrigation system which works GREAT but I understand not everyone, especially people with their first garden, want to invest the time and money into something like that.  SO … figure out some other plan for watering your garden because that’s the number one thing that’ll prevent your garden from growing.  Sitting in a chair with a hand sprayer is very relaxing – but not very efficient and time consuming. Besides, it really only looks picture perfect if you’re smoking a cigar at the same time.

Watering Options

Make a schedule for watering.  A vegetable garden needs about 2″ of water a week.  A sprinkler producers approximately 1″ of water in an hour of running.  Therefore …

You need to water your garden 2X a week, leaving your sprinkler on for one hour each time.

You might need to water more if it’s especially hot out or less if there’s constant rain.  To make things predictable for yourself, just plan to water every Monday and Friday.  (Pick whatever days you want but know those are your watering days)

Don’t abandon your watering schedule unless it’s literally raining at the very moment you’re turing on the sprinkler.   BECAUSE … I can’t tell you how many times in past summers that I didn’t water because the weather forecast was a 100% chance of heavy rain … only to end up with no rain falling at all. 

Using a digital water timer or even a simple one can make watering much easier.

Stay on top of the weeds.

Great weather for growing vegetables also means great weather for growing weeds.  If you don’t stay on top of the weeds they will get out of control and there’s no coming back from that.  

Hand pull your weeds, or use my favourite tool the stirrup (loop) hoe.  Promise yourself that every time you go into the garden for WHATEVER reason, you will weed for a minimum of 10 minutes.  If you do that, I promise you, you won’t have a weed problem. O.K., you might but it’ll be controllable.


Harvest radishes and greens!

If you planted them, you can start to harvest your radishes and greens!  Harvesting lettuce can be done in 3 ways. You can either pull the whole plant out (if you want to make room for other things), harvest the lettuce gradually pulling the larger exterior leaves, or perform a cut and come again. 

Cut & Come again means you cut the whole lettuce plant off about 2″ up from the soil. Just cut everything off so you’re left with a stub.  Within a couple of weeks it will have grown back (albeit a little bit smaller).  You can do this a few times.  NOTE:  Leaf lettuces are good for “cut and come again”, but head lettuces are not.

Stake, Hang, Protect

Things are actually growing and you’re actually vegetable gardening!  Make sure you keep everything alive by ensuring things that should be staked or hung (like tomato plants, beans, cucumbers using my string method) are.  It’s much easier to keep control of things and train them when plants are young and pliable.  

Take a walk around and look at your plants. Check for bugs, disease or anything else then run home as fast as you can and Google how what the hell they are and how to deal with them.


Those are your basics for the month of June. If you can do all those things you’ll not only be an official gardener … you’ll be a successful one.*

*I’m kind of making that up because the truth is there are no guarantees of success in gardening and all hell could break out at any minute, but if I said that outright you might get discouraged and give up before you’ve even really begun.

SO … here’s to your success.  ;)

Have a great weekend – you know what I’ll be doing.  How about you??




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Sow Generous.  What To Do In June!


  1. Kelsey says:

    Wait, I can do cucumbers with the string method too?! The tomatoes, yes, I’m a convert and preach it to people who make the mistake of asking about my garden, but if I can do cucumbers with it my whole garden layout might be changing by tomorrow!

    I started seeds that were a good 7 years old, and thinking they’d never all germinate threw three or four in each seed tray cell. I was WRONG. Every seed came up, and I’ve now separated the babies into their own pots and have a jungle at the base of our deck stairs waiting to go into the garden once I get the rest of the soil into place. I’ve given starts to anyone who looked even mildly interested, handing them out like door prizes to anyone who comes over. I’m scavenging spare pots from everyone I know and some I don’t so I can up-pot my tomatoes. String method cucumbers might save enough space to fit in a few more!

  2. Sabina says:

    I wish I would have known about those Olla pots sooner, although I may need too many making them extremely costly. I love the simplicity of it, less is more!

  3. whitequeen96 says:

    The stirrup loop hoe you mentioned looks good and I’ll have to get one. The link goes to the “Flexrake 1000L Hula-Ho Weeder Cultivator” on Amazon, but I think it’s the same thing; says it works great for clearing weeds.

    I have 3 of the Orbit Mechanical Watering Timers that you have up on your ads for $9.99 at Amazon and I love them. So easy and just what this lazy gardener wants!

  4. jo foster says:

    Could you please correct the sprinkler links? I would like to know what I am looking for. Have a whole collection of not good ones. Please and Thanks..

  5. Mary W says:

    Walking through the vegetable garden is like a self breast exam. If you walk regularly enough, you will realize when something is out of place. Your stroll should include a small waste bag for pulling an annoying weed you missed while actually weeding, some gloves to squish that stink bug you saw walking around with you, a roll of string to “adjust” a plant if needed, a knife for picking something yummy and especially a salt shaker for enjoying the odd radish or tomato. Much more fun than the breast exam. Karen, your radishes look so good! Do you eat them raw or cook them?

  6. Michelle says:

    You are amazing Karen! You totally inspire me! Just looking at the vastly huge number of veggies you are growing is incredible. If you ever decided to invite guests for a tour, sign me up! I’d love to see your patch of vegetables in real technicolour

  7. Jerry Jay Dye says:

    i also like to remove all buds and blooms from my peppers and tomatoes in June. You’ll be amazed how much this will improve your yield.

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