At the heart of June, the gardener must not be unemployed. Between two cherry pickings, he can take advantage of the still lukewarm temperatures and humid weather to sow and plant before the heat of summer.
Work in the garden in June
The time has come to put the squash and melon plants in the ground. Seedlings in the open ground being reserved for the inhabitants of the South of France, it is time for a large part of the gardeners to plant the young plants whose sowing was carried out in pots sheltered from the cold several weeks ago.
Transplanting squash and melons
Squash and melons are plants that enjoy the sun. To satisfy these gourmands, consider enriching the planting area with compost after loosening the soil.
The squash plants will be spaced 1 m in all directions for non-racing varieties and 1.2 m (in rows themselves spaced 2 m) for running varieties. The melons will be transplanted at intervals of 80 cm to 1 m. Generously water the plants when transplanting and mulch to keep some freshness at the feet of the plants.
As for green bean seedlings, whether dwarf or oar, they can be staggered until July so that you can harvest regularly until early fall. Make sure that the soil is sufficiently warmed (around 20 ° C) and not soggy to promote germination and avoid rotting of the grains.
The combination of heat and humidity will certainly make you visit many weeds in the garden. Pull them out as you go before they invade your vegetable patch and compete with your plantations.
Late spring harvests
The month of June augurs the abundance of summer vegetables. The gardener will be able to benefit from the harvests resulting from his work of the first two quarters of the year: radish, lettuce, artichokes, cabbage, tuberous chervil, peas, beans, white onions and spices such as mint, basil or parsley … The gardener’s plate will also take on colors thanks to the strawberries and first raspberries that turn red as the summer solstice approaches.
Carrots sown in early spring are thinned one last time: the plants left in the ground will be harvested within a fortnight and those picked will be eaten early. We will have to wait until mid-July to sow the winter storage carrots.
When the harvests are finished, space will be available for the last sowing and planting of the summer.
Feast on early vegetables: recipe for carrots, peas and caraway beans
The early vegetables bring freshness and crispness to the plates. Young long and thin carrots are to be cooked whole. Freshly harvested and shelled peas and beans will delight gourmets with their tasty taste.
Carrots Amsterdam (with a strong taste), Solar Yellow (fruity and sweet flavor) & Lunar White (white with a very sweet flavor).
This quick and easy recipe combining these three vegetables will amaze the whole family.
Melt the butter in a pan with a few shallots, caraway and a touch of sugar, if you wish. Add the carrots cut in half and cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat until they brown and become tender. Cover with a lid at the end of cooking.
Beside, blanch the beans and peas for 5 minutes in salted water. Add them at the end of the cooking of the carrots and sprinkle the preparation with the cooking juices. Serve with wholegrain pasta and a spoonful of crème fraîche for gourmets.