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June is the time when you should be able to safely plant outside all those tender veg seedlings you’ve been carefully nurturing under cover. But do check the weather forecast first, as the UK has been experiencing some very unusual extreme weather patterns! Here is some veg to plant and harvest in June so you can grow your own at home.

Asparagus

Generally, June 21st is the date when it’s advised to stop picking asparagus. This is because it’s a perennial crop and needs to be left to build up resources in order to continue producing those tasty spears the following year. So, resist the urge to pick after that date, but before then continue to harvest regularly.

  • Harvest from April to June
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Grows up to 50cm tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
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Runner beans

Now is the time to plant runner beans plants outside. Harden them off for at least a week first, to get them used to outdoor temperatures and also to toughen up the stems. There’s nothing a slug or snail likes more at this time of the year than young, soft stems to munch through! Runner bean seeds can also be sown outside directly into the soil alongside cane or hazel pole supports.

‘Red Rum’

  • Harvest from July to October
  • Hardy through most of the UK
  • Grows up to 2m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
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Garlic

Bulbs planted last year should be ready to harvest between June and July but wait until the foliage starts to turn yellow before doing so. The bulbs will by now be deeply rooted, so you’ll need to dig rather than pull them out of the ground. Use a fork rather than a spade to avoid potentially slicing through them. Shake off excess soil and allow to thoroughly dry out before storing by either hanging bunches tied together for 3 to 4 weeks or place in a single layer on a raised wire rack.

  • Harvest from June to August
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 50cm tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered or exposed
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Broad beans

Depending on when the seeds were sown, broad bean plants should by now be flowering or producing pods. Either way, ensure the soil is kept moist but not wet. Check the stem tops and, if you see colonies of black aphids taking up residence, don’t panic, simply pinch off the tops with the aphids and put on your compost pile.

Young pods can be picked when they’re 7.5cm (3in) long and then cooked whole. Alternatively wait for the beans to become larger before harvesting. An easy way to tell if they’re ready to pick is when the outline of the beans starts to show through the pod. Pick often, as this will encourage more pods to form, picking from the bottom of the plant upwards.

‘Suprifin’

  • Harvest from June to August
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 1.2m tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered or exposed
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Japanese onions

If you planted Japanese onion sets last autumn, they should be ready to harvest this month. Wait until you see the foliage start to turn yellow and droop before gently loosening the roots. If it’s sunny, leave the onions lying on the soil for two or three days to dry out before storing. If it is wet then put them under cover.

Cut leaves off leaving about 2.5cm (1in) of foliage and trim the roots before storing. However, if any of the bulbs are starting to flower harvest and use them immediately as they won’t store well.

  • Harvest from June to August
  • Hardy
  • Grows up to 50cm tall
  • Moist but well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered or exposed
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This June, keep on top of your vegetable garden and you can have harvests of tasty crops to add to your spring and summer meals.

Spring is here, see my post on spring pollinators:

Or check out my Pinterest board for more ideas:

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