June 1, 2014 Only 22 Days Until The Official First Day Of Summer

4-types-of-peppers It is not to late to plant your summer garden. The soil temperature has warmed and now is an excellent time to sow seeds in your garden. If your garden soil is kept Damp Not Wet, even the most demanding pepper and tomato seeds will quickly germinate.

No need to beat me up! I do know that southern hemisphere gardeners, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and such are closing in on winter.
However in all but the very coldest climates, many cool/cold weather crops can still be seeded or seedlings set out for winter and early spring harvest.

Southern and Northern Hemisphere. Cool / cold weather garden plants for your consideration.
Arugula (rocket), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Collards, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery (mild winter climates), Chard, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onions (bulbing), Onions (bunching-standard onions harvested before they form bulbs), Pak choi (Bok choy), Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach.

Most northern Hemisphere gardeners still have 120 or so days before the threat of a late Fall or early Winter frost. Take advantage of all the warm days ahead and plant your Summer and early Fall producing vegetables. Plant them Soon, Very Soon!
Find Your First Average Frost date.

Shame on us. Most of us have been neglecting our compost piles and bins. In warm / hot weather your compost pile/bin need to be soaked down every week or so. Well before it becomes very dry. If your compost pile dries out, it stops decomposing the materials you have add to the pile. If available, you should be adding livestock and chicken manure to your compost pile as well.
Composting – A Crash Course.

canning-poster Canning / preserving garden fresh produce season is here. Farmers markets are over flowing with fruits and vegetables begging to be pickled, canned, frozen for use this coming winter when garden fresh fruits, berries and vegetables are in short supply.

Yes I do know it’s only the first day of June, however it is never to early to be planning your spring bulb garden. Flowering bulbs such as Tulips and Daffodils will need to be planted this fall when your soil temperature fall below 60 degrees to flower next spring.
This is a link to a posting I made about planting, care and growing your spring flowering Tulips and Daffodils. Tulips And Daffodils . dutch-tulips

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13 responses to “June 1, 2014 Only 22 Days Until The Official First Day Of Summer

  1. Oh boy…cannot wait for summertime fun!

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  2. I have wanted to have a fall/winter garden. I have saved my seeds but was unsure when I should sow them. This year will be my first attempt to have a second harvest. I though july should be about right. I will need to read up on it and re consider getting ready to sow them now. Thanks for writing this.
    Honey

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    • 🙂 Hi, do the math to determine your best planting date for a Fall crop.
      1. Find Your First Average Frost date.
      2. – 10 days for seed germination.
      3. – days to harvest, (see back of seed package.) Example cucumbers about 58 days.
      4. – 30 days to enjoy your Fall harvest.
      Plant (10+58+30 = 98 days) before your first frost date..
      In many areas July 4 is about the latest you can plant and be assured of a Fall crop before your first Fall frost.
      Happy Fall gardening

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  3. Planted a lot of mine today. It was a beautiful day for it. 🙂

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  4. planted my last item in my garden today! we ended up with a few extra feet in the garden so I planted bush cucumbers.. and they should be ready in Aug for pickling… yes today was a very good day to plant

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  5. Happy June! I’m so excited to be edging towards summer and the bounty of produce I am going to get this year… Heartening to think I perhaps have 120 days before the first hard frost! (Too late for my garlic this year, though – last winter was too mild so they haven’t formed cloves.)

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  6. It’s so wonderful to see things growing at last!

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