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June Homestead To Do List for Gardening:
You might have thought that you were done planting now that May is over. HA! Nope! Still more to plant this month! Before you plant all the things this month, use these tips on natural slug and snail control methods to keep them at bay so they don't decimate your garden! Here is my list for this month:
These veggies can be sown earlier than June, but can be sown again in June for a longer staggered harvest:
- Root veggies: carrots, beets, parsnips and radishes
- Greens: lettuces, spinach, mustard, kale, collards, swiss chard
These veggies are typically planted in May, or after night time temps are above 50 degrees and also known as warm season crops. If you have already planted them, they can be sown again this month for a staggered harvest, if you have not planted any yet, get some in as quick as you can:
- Legumes: pole beans, bush beans and dry beans
- Cucurbits: cucumbers, melons, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins
- Herbs: All of them such as basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, sage, oregano, parsley, lavender, mint, lemon balm, etc. (Be sure to check out my article on How to Prune Basil: The Ultimate Guide, to get the most from you basil harvest!)
Vegetables for Winter Harvest: Sow these this month indoors and plan to transplant them into the garden in August. (Be sure to check out my article on Growing More Food with Cold Season Crops)
- Brassicas (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale)
- Onions and Leeks for overwintering
- All. The. Flowers. Never enough!
There is also harvesting to do in the garden in June. I am still harvesting a bit of asparagus right now. Rhubarb as well. Greens, Peas, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Strawberries! My garlic scapes need to be harvested asap! The garlic itself will probably be harvested at the end of the month or early July. And don't forget to thin your onions by picking a few green one's where they are too close together. And radishes of course! Maybe even baby carrots.
Gardening Tips for a Successful Garden
Learn How to Harden Off You Seedlings correctly before planting them out. It is best to plant your starts on an overcast day, or even better, at the beginning of a series of overcast days. Transplanting them on a hot sunny day can cause them to go into shock, which will set them back quite a bit.
Newly planted transplants and especially direct seeded crops, will need to be watered regularly until they are established or the seeds have germinated. If you are not getting rain or are getting really hot temperatures, watering can be critical to get that garden going off at a good start. Don't forget to mulch! It cuts down on weeds BIG TIME! And conserves water!
Also be wary of pests. Here in the Pacific NW, slugs and snails love to devour your newly sprouted/planted goodies. I like to use Sluggo to combat them. Rabbits have been especially harsh in my garden this year, so I have sprayed with Deer and Rabbit Repellent spray, and it seems to at least slowed them down.
I still haven't figured out how to combat the moles/voles/gophers. Our barn cat gets some of them, but not enough. I have put in those vibrating things in the ground, but they are still out there messing up the garden. Anybody have a sure fire way of combatting them?
June Homestead To Do List for the Animals:
Last month we hatched a bunch of chicks. We hatches Blue/Black Marans, Ameraucanas, Olive Eggers and Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. They have been in two small brooder boxes and we need to move them into 4 this month. Hopefully by the end of the month they will be off of heat lamps and can move out to one of our empty coops.
Other than raising up the baby chicks, we just have regular animal chores planned for this month. Feeding, watering, collecting eggs, cleaning coops and the goat barn, trimming goat hooves. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
See my other article on Chickens for Beginners and Chicken Breeds for Colorful Eggs for more tips on raising chickens. Also, with animals on a farm or homestead, comes rats. See my tips for How to Get Rid of Rats on the Homestead.
June Honey Do List on the Homestead
These are things I really need help from my other half to get done. We still haven't gotten to our electric fencing project. Hoping to at least get that started this month. We have two separate animal compounds, and want to enclose them both.
June Homestead To Do List for Food Preservation:
I still need to deal with the sprouting garlic by dehydrating some and freezing some. My peas didn't do well this year, but usually I would be freezing large batches of them right now. I hope to also get enough strawberries to fill the freezer with as well. Garlic Scape Pesto is on my list as well. I make a huge batch and freeze it in small batches. See my article on How and When to Harvest Garlic for more tips.
The June Homesteading To Do List
Don't forget to stop and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble is one of our favorites this time of year! Get some ideas on How to Use Your Berry Harvest!
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I hope this list helps you to keep your homestead chore list up to date. Please let me know what you are working on this month or if I left anything crucial off the list! Happy Planting!