June planting & harvesting guide

June brings us into the heat of summer, where lack of rain poses the biggest threat to crops.

This time of year brings us much more hours of daylight, which invites lots of rapid growth in all plants, flowers and crops around the garden.

While an English Summer is never dependably sunny, it's still likely to bring much hotter temperatures - which means that it's doubly important to make sure all plants are well watered at the end of each day.

Many of the seeds sown in the last couple of months should hopefully now be showing flowers and even signs of crops. If you plan to feed them to help increase produce size, make sure to feed only once the fruit or veg is beginning to show, not before, or you'll feed the leaves instead!

Below is our straightforward guide to which fruit & veg you can plant in June - as well as which will be ready to harvest if you’re already growing.

For instructions and advice on how to grow fruit and veg in containers and small spaces, read our guide.


Vegetables

Sow indoors in pots (windowsill, greenhouse or conservatory will all work well)

  • Tomatoes

Sow outside directly into soil (containers, beds and borders will all work, whether in a garden or on a balcony)
Note: if you've already sown these indoors and they've sprouted, it'll be time to move them outside providing the weather is good.

  • French beans
  • Runner beans
  • Beetroot
  • Sprouting broccoli
  • Winter cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes

Fruit

A lot of fruit tends to ripen nearer the autumn, but June is a great time of year to plant young fruit trees and bushes in time for the harvesting season. Take a look at our guide to growing fruit at home to find out more. Some great ones to start with include apples, pears, strawberries and raspberries.


Ready to harvest

If you already have crops growing, or if you’re just interested to know what’s in season, the fruit and veg usually ready to harvest in June are:

  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Turnips
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Salad leaves

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