Vegetables to plant in June 

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Summer is here and garden vibes are flowing. If you got a late start, but have major garden FOMO, don’t worry. In this article, we’ll go over the veggies you can still get in the ground and reap the harvest the rest of summer. 

This article is as much for me as it is for you. I made the mistake of trying to use up old seeds and only 20% (or less, if I’m being honest) germinated. Learn from my mistakes friends, plant your seeds the year you buy them! If you’re stressed about throwing away perfectly goods seeds, stay tuned for a future post on what to do with them instead! 

Ok, so you’ve either slept on planting your garden on time, had other obligations in April and May, or you’re like me and your first round of seeds aren’t looking too hot. Here’s what you can do to save your garden this season. 

Vegetables to plant in June

You have a couple of options, here. I’d recommend reading the back of any seed packet you are considering buying to make sure they grow in your zone, and that you haven’t completely missed the recommended planting time. Your options:

  1. Start from seeds, or 
  2. Buy established starts (plants that are already sprouted and ready to be planted)
  3. Use a combination of seeds and starts (this is my favorite option, I’ll share why…keep reading)

Start from seeds

This is a bit more risky as there are quite a few veggies that won’t be ready to harvest before the season is over. However, there are still several options for quick growing herbs, fruits, and veggies that will provide a decent harvest. Those are:

Some vegetables actually have two recommended seasons to start with seeds because they prefer colder growing temperatures. The first is early in the spring and the second is later in the summer. Those are: 

  • Radishes
  • Lettuce and greens
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Brassica family: cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, and kale 

Consider waiting a little longer to hit the second planting time for those listed above. Or go for it now, and see how it goes. Depending on what zone you live in, they might do just fine. 

Buy established plants

This is a safe route and although it may seem more expensive than buying seeds, depending on how much you plan to plant, it could save you money. For example, if you only want to plant 1 cucumber plant, buying an established start could be less expensive than the packet and more likely to grow along the typical season timeframe. 

Established vegetables to plant in June:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers (if planting 1-2, otherwise, go for seeds)
  • Herbs
  • Pretty much anything you’d like to harvest as if you’d planted it in May

Combination of seeds and starts to plant in June

This is the option I went with when my seeds from last season didn’t germinate and I needed to nearly restart my garden in June. Here’s what I would choose to plant from seeds and what I would have bought as started plants, if needed. 

Seeds:

Starts:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs

There you have it! There are still so many vegetables to plant in June!  If you purchased all of these today and got them in the ground in the first week or two of June, you’d have a full garden ready for harvest by August. Leafy greens and radishes could even be enjoyed within a couple weeks. 

Did I miss anything you’d recommend planting in June? Leave a comment and share your input and garden wisdom with the Kitchen Patch community! 

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