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Gardening Calendar for June

June Garden Checklist
June Garden Checklist
  • Plant Veggies for a Second Crop

In early June, plant a second crop of vegetables in your garden. In late June, in some areas, you can start seeds for early fall veggies. Where you live will determine which crops grow. Green beans, okra, corn and cucumbers are a good bet for almost any area and those can be started from seed. For fall pumpkins, plant your seeds this month.


  • Monitor and Treat Plants for Pests

Check your plants this month for pests, including aphids and whiteflies. And when your plants become snacks for creepy-crawlies and other pests, don’t reach immediately for harsh chemicals. There are plenty of organic options that will keep you and your garden safe. Read about these organic methods to protect your garden from pests.


  • Promote Plant Growth With Fertilizer

Give a boost to plants with fertilizer to promote plant growth all season long. For roses, pick a rose fertilizer that contains a balanced mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. For all perennials, you can use time-release granular fertilizers to gradually add nutrients over a 3-month span. For your edibles, read about methods to boost your harvest.


  • Check Hoses and Set Up Timers

Making sure your garden gets enough water in the heat of summer can be tricky business. Watering wisely will help you preserve this precious resource. That’s why now is a great time to check your hoses for leaks and set up hose timers. Find out more ways to spend less time watering.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest

Now is a great time to plant vegetables that need warmer weather to grow. Squash, corn, radishes and green beans are all great options.

North California Coastal
North California Coastal

Fertilize budding fruit crops and mulch your tomato plants to safeguard their moisture reserves. This is also the time to plant basil and cilantro seeds for fresh herbs all summer long.

South California Coastal
South California Coastal

Fertilize the lawn and inspect your irrigation system to make sure each component is working properly and the sprinkler heads are clear of debris.

Southwestern Desert
Southwestern Desert

Prune yellow and brown palm leaf stems, and water newly planted shrubs and perennials regularly. Monitor cacti and succulents to ensure the leaves aren’t shriveling or yellowing; water as needed.

Western Mountains
Western Mountains

Take time to trim branches hanging over the house, garage or shed. Clean the gutters and clear the roof of dead leaves and pine needles.

High Plains
High Plains

Get ahead of the weeds as they begin to grow. This will make the plants easier to manage throughout the hotter months. Now is also a good time to plant new perennials.

Northern Midwest
Northern Midwest

Houseplants can be moved outdoors as the weather warms, but keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t become dehydrated. Reseed your lawn as needed to promote growth in bald areas.

Central Midwest
Central Midwest

This is an ideal time to plant new lawn seed or lay fresh turf to restore your yard.

Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic

June will bring lots of bugs. Treat plants with organic methods to deter pests from eating your leaves and damaging your garden. Use insecticides cautiously, only if nothing else works.

New England
New England

Remove dead flower heads from existing plants, and start harvesting leafy vegetables as they mature. Water and fertilize newly planted seeds as needed.

Upper South
Upper South

If you haven’t already, fertilize warm-weather grasses like St. Augustine and Bermuda. Water plants and edibles as needed, but focus your efforts early in the morning for best absorption.

Middle South
Middle South

Spring bulbs will begin to yellow as summer perennials bloom. Prune yellowing foliage to promote healthy growth. Keep an eye on bugs and pests, and get rid of standing water to help cut down on mosquitoes.

Lower South
Lower South

Deter critters and Japanese beetles from grazing on your edibles using organic methods. Spot treat if needed with insecticides.

Coastal and Tropical South
Coastal and Tropical South

Mist fruit trees with fungicide to preserve your upcoming harvest. Aerate and fertilize your lawn as you establish a seasonal irrigation cycle.

South Florida
South Florida

Monitor your garden each week for any harmful insects and treat accordingly. Gently prune summer-flowing shrubs, like oleander and hibiscus, to encourage healthy growth. Be mindful of rainfall levels and water your lawn and edibles according to zoning restrictions.