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
start seeds for fall crops like all kinds of
and mesclun blends,
and asian delicacies like
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!
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",