The orchard in June is usually full of activity. In the entire peninsula we are free of frost and we can now plant everything in the coldest areas when we could not before. In the more temperate areas, southern and eastern Spain, we have already had a high activity and crops for a few months. Let’s see what we have to do this month.
ORCHARD CLIMATE IN JUNE
It will not be this year 2013 but of course, June must be a pleasant month, very pleasant, in every way. Not only in the garden anymore. In June, it literally smells like summer , the days are very long and there is light to do thousands of things during the day.
The garden in June is not very different and it is a pleasure to get up in mornings that are still fresh to do the hardest of the garden while waiting for the middle of the day to arrive, where the sun punishes us a little more. Those cool mornings (depending on what areas and depending on what years) are the best for all the garden tasks in June without giving us the hot flash.
It should be avoided whenever possible because in July and August it will be unavoidable from the morning rush hour. Anyway, in the orchard in June in the north of the interior the thermal contrasts are to remove the hiccups so watch out for last minute colds!
The highlight of the orchard in June is that we can safely say that there are no longer frosts throughout the peninsula.
TASKS TO BE DONE IN THE ORCHARD IN JUNE
- IRRIGATION. That is the word we have to keep in mind starting this month. If the weather goes according to plan, the rains stop, the temperatures rise, and the transpiration of our crops is greater. All this combined with the possibility of vacations makes it almost obligatory to schedule irrigation unless we have a relative or neighbor willing to help, in exchange for a little gender, of course! If we are present, the irrigation frequencies should begin to increase in line with the temperatures.
- We must be very aware of adventitious herbs. If it is a small home garden, manual control may be more than sufficient. If we talk about something more extensive, we will resort to weeding. We have already talked a lot about padding and its advantages . The minor appearance of these herbs is one of the most important.
- Of course, since temperatures are somewhat milder, pest control should be another priority to watch. Already, since March and April in the warmest areas, we already put our ears upright waiting for these peculiar and annoying visitors to the garden. A month ago we told you something about plant extracts to protect crops .
SOWING IN THE GARDEN IN JUNE
In hot climates in the mid-south of the peninsula we should already have enough sown and transplanted . In cold areas it is true that now we will be in full swing. Once the frosts are out, we can sow directly or at least not have to be very aware of the seedbed, which is appreciated.
For the rest, in this month we should already think about starting to sow products that will pass the summer and we will collect in the autumn months.
- In the garden in June we can sow everything that allows its development and harvest almost all or all year round, such as lettuce, radishes, celery, chard or carrots for example. Carrots and radishes can be planted in direct sowing without problems.
- Chard, lettuce or celery should be done in the seedbed, now in the open air without fear of bad weather because also the final location of these vegetables will possibly be in crops that we have underway at this time. Thus we advance events.
- Other crops that we can continue to plant this month can be cabbages, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or the last leeks.
In this month we should already have planted and with some advance everything that gives color, flavor and smell to the garden. All the cucurbits and Solanaceae that we mentioned in previous months such as zucchini, tomato, eggplant, melon, watermelon will already be taking shape and it is very possible that if you planted some of them in March in warm areas you are collecting some zucchini, tomato or pepper.
HARVESTS OF THE MONTH OF JUNE
As we mentioned, if your area is the warm Mediterranean area, you may be picking a tomato or zucchini. In cooler or more temperate areas, this month you may be picking the odd strawberry, although there should not be much left for the end of this spring wonder.
Vegetables such as turnips, lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions or beets will be other products that in these months we can enjoy apart from sowing as we have already mentioned.
As always, we leave you links of interest for the garden:
- Sowing calendar
- Horticultural crop sheets
- Fruit Crop Sheets