Things are beginning to ramp up in zone 5b with lots more growth and harvests are beginning. In case you missed it you can find my May Garden Update here. Here is a June garden update of what is currently growing and being harvested in my garden.
Planting & Garden Maintenance
At the very beginning of the month, I planted my pepper starts and a few last herbs like basil. These plants don’t like the cold and we were still experiencing some cooler nights so I had held off on planting them. I also finally planted my sweet corn and I’ve started succession plantings of things like radishes.
At this time of year, I typically spend a couple of hours a week pulling weeds and also managing my tomatoes. I set up my strings for trellising my tomato plants and started pruning and removing suckers. You can read more about how to manage your tomatoes in this post.
There are more harvests happening in the garden which are mostly leafy greens but a few other items are mature as well.
- Arugula, Spinach, Lettuce
- Garlic Scapes
- Strawberries – if the animals don’t get them all first.
Strawberries are new to my garden this year and the animals seem to be getting to the ripe fruit before I get a chance, definitely room for improvement here.
In July the garden really seems to explode with growth and harvesting. There will be some earlier season crops like peas and beets which will be harvested. Garlic is starting to signs of maturity, I have been picking the scapes and the first sets of leaves are dying back, both signs that it will be ready to harvest in a few weeks. What I’m most looking forward to is the first tomatoes of the season!