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Please keep in mind, I live near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, and this list is my personal June Homestead To Do List. Your list may need to be slightly altered depending on where you live and your homestead needs.
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You might have thought that you were done planting now that May is over. HA! Nope! Still more to plant this month! 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:
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:
Vegetables for Winter Harvest: Sow these this month indoors and plan to transplant them into the garden in August
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.
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. Be mindful of the rainfall you are receiving. 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?
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.
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.
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. I’ll have a post up on that soon!
Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble is one of our favorites this time of year!
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!