The warmer temperatures of summer should be here by now and that means you can get a lot of vegetables planted in June. We’re hoping that a lot of the crops that you sowed earlier in the year have been showing promise and you’ve even been harvesting vegetables. Successfully growing vegetables means getting your timing right, using succession sowing to its best means that you will have a continual harvest and therefore great vegetables to eat and preserve throughout the year. While Spring is the best time of the year to plant for most vegetables there are some fabulous vegetables to plant in June. Come on into the garden and let’s get started!
The Best Vegetables to Plant in June
When it comes to working out what vegetables to sow in June you’ll want to take into account your plan for the year as a whole and what vegetables you’re going to be eating and when. Here are some of our guides on what to plant at other times throughout the year.
Many of the vegetables that you have planted earlier in the year may need thinning out, you’ve hopefully been harvesting some of the quickest growing vegetables and will have room for more in your succession sowing.
What Vegetables to Plant in June
Generally, you should continue succession sowing salad leaves, tomatoes and this is the last opportunity for popping some peas in. The warmer weather of June also means you should continue with any root vegetables that you’re planting, like beetroot, turnip and carrot. If you’ve planted any of these root vegetables earlier in the year, then you’ll want to be thinning them out.
Plant Beetroot in June
I love beetroot. And homegrown beets are just the best. Boltardy is a firm favourite and its seriously easy to grow, but if you’re having early success with beets why not try a few different types. A beet salad of different colours is amazing in the summer. Beets are also fabulous when it comes to using the leaves to jazz up your summer salads. If you plant some beets towards the end of the month then you’ll be harvesting them in September and October. Beets are also a fabulous vegetable to use in preserves and to store over the winter. Read our guide to preserving beetroot here.
Plant More Courgettes and Squash in June
Yes, it’s those darned courgettes again. I went from never eating them to virtually eating nothing else. Courgettes are an awesome vegetable to grow, not least because they’re so easy to grow, but also because they are PROLIFIC. They spread out MASSIVELY if you don’t control them, so they’re also one of the vegetables that we recommend to grow in pots or containers. They make awesome chutney when you run out of recipes, which is a good job for us, as we had so many of them. Making chutney and gifts out of vegetables that you grow is one of our 14 simple tips for saving money by growing vegetables – read about that here
So, if you’re seeing success with courgettes, why not try some squashes and mix it up a little bit? Variety, as they say, is the spice of life! Here are a few fabulous, but easy to grow squash seeds.
Plant last chance Pumpkins in June
Early in the month of June is your last chance of the year to sow pumpkins. This will give them lots of time to develop a decent taste and size. Pumpkins are one of the great seeds to sow in June. You’ll want to check the seed packet if you’re growing these to eat as many pumpkins are designed for size alone. Some great pumpkin seeds for taste here. However don’t forget that pumpkins are a great fun vegetable to grow, especially for Halloween!
Put the last of the Peas in the ground in June
Early June is most likely your last chance to sow peas. If you’re sowing towards the end of the month then you’ll want to find a faster-maturing variety, like “early onward”. Get those seeds here. The problem isn’t the weather of June, it’s the weather in autumn when you’ll be harvesting them, it can get a little cold, so if you do plant late Peas, then be sure to have a plan for keeping them undercover somehow as they come ready to harvest. Read more about growing peas in pots here.
Plant Green Beans
Green beans are one of the most traditional summer vegetables. You sow them after the colder weather vegetables are done. Green beans go from seed to harvest in around 55-60 days and you can also succession sow them, to spread out your harvest times. > get seeds here.
Plant Carrots in June
Carrots are a fabulous vegetable to plant in June. Carrots don’t take up much room and they’re also a fab veg to grow in containers especially if you don’t have much space. You can sow carrot seeds in June and they’ll be ready for harvest in about 65-70 days. Best carrots to grow easily here You don’t need to worry about them in the coolness of Autumn and they do like shade too, so plant them in the shade of other vegetables – may be the tomatoes? You can plant carrots all the way up until the beginning of August. Read about growing carrots in pots here.
Plant outdoor Cucumbers in June
Now I’m writing this with a proviso. If it’s a cold June, then you’re going to want to put planting the cucumbers on hold. If its forecast to be a cold wet miserable June you might not even want to bother. Cucumbers are a vegetable that needs heat. So your soil temperature needs to be warm and you’ll need the general weather to be warm too. Cucumbers, however, are one of the fast summer vegetables. If you’re looking for smaller pickling cucumbers, you’ll likely see a harvest in 50 days, for bigger ones add another 5-10 days. Get smaller cucumbers here.
You don’t need much space for cucumbers, so why not use them to fill in between other vegetables?
Continue planting Salad leaves in June
I feel, when I type this, that I’m sounding like a broken record, but you know how much we love our salad leaves here, not just because they’re a seriously easy vegetable to grow , but also because they save us so much money! A perfect salad leaf planting plan will keep you going throughout the entire Spring, Summer and into Autumn. And oh for a polytunnel to give fresh salad through the winter eh? You don’t need a heap of space for salad leaves. Plant your salad leaves in grow bags, straight into a bag of compost, in tubs, containers, or event buckets! Just plant a few at a time, based on what your eating requirements – or vegetable gifting requirements are. Our favourite salad leaves are here.
Sow Spring Onions in June
We haven’t touched on Spring Onions previously – as we’ve been focusing on the best vegetables that are easy to grow, and that saves you the most money. However, that’s not to say that spring onions aren’t easy to grow. They are! So now you’ve got a little confidence going in the vegetable garden, why not sow some spring onions in June. Spring onions don’t need much space and if you plant them now, you can get a great harvest in the autumn. Spring onions are a great vegetable to grow in pots, especially if you don’t have much space. These are our favourite spring onions for pots here.
Final Words on What Vegetables to Grow in June
Summer is generally here in June and the weather is a lot warmer. It’s time, in the vegetable garden to continue with your succession sowing, and also time to plant some vegetables that will mature and harvest in the late autumn. It’s a great time to try some new vegetables, perhaps cucumbers or green beans. It’s also time to get some root vegetables in the ground for the autumn and winter.LetsGrowCook is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.ca. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates..