June Garden Tips:
Transplant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, Brussels sprouts.
Direct seed beans, carrots.
Transplant or direct seed cukes, squash, melons and pumpkins.
Plant annual herbs and flowers.
Check your planting schedule for succession plantings.
Harvest hardneck garlic scapes to promote bulb growth. Make garlic scape pesto!
Planning summer care of school gardens now will save you effort over the summer. Enlist staff members, students, families, community members, and local businesses.
- Make a schedule or monthly calendar indicating who is responsible for caring for the garden each week. Provide contact information for each person. Distribute to volunteers.
- Host a training meeting so volunteers know your expectations, how to care for the garden, where supplies and tools are located, how to access water, and what to do with harvested produce.
- Keep a garden journal in a visible place to volunteers can leave notes about tasks accomplished, concerns, food harvested, etc.
- Post a clearly labelled garden map in a garden shed or hoophouse.
- Consider tackling summer projects with the help of volunteers such as building a compost system, a new raised bed, installing fencing.
- Plan a potluck celebration at the end of summer for all who volunteered.
Check out our SCHOOL GARDEN CALENDAR to learn more about what this month looks like in the garden! For more information, try out these awesome resources: MOFGA's Planting Calendar, Fedco's Veggie Chart, and Johnny's Planting Calculator and Succession Planting Template.