Gardening is an ongoing process, and, while timing is important, don't be overwhelmed by a sense of being too late to plant by some arbitrary date. All too often, I hear gardeners use a day of a particular month as though it was written in stone--for example, Northwesterners think sweet peas must be sown by Valentine's Day and
New Englanders consider Memorial Day the "do or die" critical garden planting day. In truth, each season is different and garden planting dates have been even harder to peg down than the traditional wisdom would lead one to believe! I want to emphasize that it's not too late to plant a great garden, even in June and July.
Even if you already have beans, squash, chard, carrots and basil in the ground, and your plants are growing well, June is a fine time to start a second crop to have ready for another bounteous late summer harvest when the first crops of these staples have finished up. I usually start seeds every month, finishing sowing summer-producing vegetables
in late June. In July and August, I plant seeds for fall crops like all kinds of
and mesclun blends,
carrots, and asian delicacies like mild mustards,
stirfry mix and
You can still plant flowers, too!
Planting later crops in June also applies to flowers! Plant more
nasturtiums, etc. --all of the annuals that usually burn out by late summer. This way, you'll have a marvelous second flush of bloom and can cut armfuls for Labor Day!
June and July are also good times to start seeds for perennials and biennials to bloom next spring. I sow seeds in a protected seed bed and then transplant seedlings in fall to overwinter, then bloom, ensuring me a wonderful spring greeting in the garden next year.
For a seasonal chart of "When to Plant Renee's Garden Seeds",