Sow What Now? Best Bets for June Sowing


May 31, 2017|

Planting too early in the spring is one of the most common garden mistakes. But this time of year a different misconception among new gardeners is equally unfruitful: Not planting because they think it’s too late.

Whether you’re just getting your first seeds in the ground, or you’re starting the process of succession planting, June is still a great time to sow seeds.

Best crops for direct-seeding during the month of June:

  • radishes
  • lettuce
  • beans
  • cucumbers
  • basil
  • cilantro
  • Swiss chard
  • zucchini

Make sure that the crops you sow now will give you plenty to harvest by checking the days to maturity listed for the variety. All of the crops listed above grow well through the summer months, mature quickly, and will offer a good harvest even if planted later this month. Not surprisingly, most of them are considered warm-season crops, but even some cool-season crops, including lettuce and radishes, can still do well when grown throughout the summer. You’ll have the most success with these by paying attention to irrigation, planting in a corner of the garden that gets some afternoon shade, or by harvesting when plants are slightly under full size. Summer lettuces can be harvested as baby greens instead of mature heads to help ensure that the leaves remain tender and without bitterness.

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About Shanyn Siegel

Shanyn Siegel, former Curator and Seed Bank Manager for Seed Savers Exchange, has worked in sustainable agriculture and horticulture for over 15 years, specializing in organic vegetable gardening and seed conservation. At present, she works with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the national Seeds of Success program, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program, and runs community horticulture programs through her business, Shanyn Siegel Olericulture & Seeds. She coedited The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving and is a recipient of the 2016 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Learn more at: