What to do in the Kitchen Garden in June

*The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden  – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden.  This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest.  If you have had success with doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.*

It’s getting colder and the days are at their shortest, the garden is changing, the last of the Autumn crops have finished and the winter crops are looking their best.  The promise of new flavours and a switch to a more wintery menu.

Seeds to Sow:

Broad Beans, Cabbage, Chervil, Garlic, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Potatoes,  Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Spinach, Spring Onions

Strawberry seeds can be sown undercover.

Seedlings to plant out:

Broccoli, Cabbage, Cavolo Nero, Cauliflower, Leeks, Lettuce, Pak Choi, Parsley, Silver Beet, Spinach, Strawberries, Watercress

Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Order seed potatoes, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Order seed for winter-spring sowing – especially if you plan to sow tomatoes etc under cover in July/August.
  • Remove any remaining Autumn fruiting or summer crops that you dont plan to nurse through Winter.

Seasonal Plants Harvesting now:

Broccoli, Cauliflower (if you planted very early), Capsicum(last few), Citrus, Chillies (last few), Galangal, Ginger, Horseradish, Tamarillos, Tomatoes, Turmeric

The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing seasons:

Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Lettuce, Mint, Parsley, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme





2 Responses to What to do in the Kitchen Garden in June

  1. lille nantes says:

    I think tomatillo may be pronounced “tomateeo” using the same soft glissing over of the “ll” as Italians do.

    Do you really grow galangal in Melbourne and if so, how should it be cared for. Same for ginger.

    • Liz says:

      I recently wrote a post on growing ginger – if you click on the ginger tag – and you should be able to find it. Galangal i haven’t grown successfully yet but I certainly know people who have. Both need lots of food and water and I find that ginger and turmeric grow best for me in pots because that allows me to control the food and water. I would imagine galangal has very similar requirements.

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