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What to plant in June

It’s June, and the days are getting longer. The summer vegetables are starting to come in, but you can still grow a bunch of great stuff yourself: carrots, onions and leeks, squash, radish and swiss chard.

What to plant in June

And if you have an herb garden (or even just some pots with herbs), you should be able to make it through the rest of the year with plenty of fresh herbs from your own garden!


Plant Carrots in June

Carrots are a great vegetable to plant in June. Carrots grow well in most climates and can be planted either directly in the ground or in pots. They're easy to grow and good for kids, but they can take up a lot of space—so if you have limited gardening space, consider growing them vertically using a trellis or fence.

Carrots have high nutritional value; they contain vitamin A, calcium, fiber, potassium and iron among other nutrients.

Onion sets

Onion sets are the best way to grow onions. They're easy to plant and grow quickly, so beginners should consider them if they've never grown anything before. Onions are a perennial crop (they come back year after year), so once you have them established in your garden, it's easy for your plants to keep growing throughout the summer and fall seasons.

Plant onion sets in June

For people who don't have much space in their garden or yard but still want fresh-from-the-garden produce all year long, onion sets are also a great choice because you can plant several rows of them at once—they take up very little room!


Leeks are a member of the onion family and grow best in cool weather. They can be grown in containers, so there's no need to worry about them taking up space in your garden if you don't have much space.


Plant Squash in June

Squash is a great crop to plant in June because it grows well in the summer heat, and you can start harvesting it as early as late summer. Squash is also fairly easy to grow—it thrives in warm soil, and doesn't require a lot of attention or care. This makes it ideal for small gardens, where space is at a premium (and plants are often neglected).


If you're looking for an easy-to-grow vegetable that will produce results in just a few weeks, radishes are the perfect choice. Radishes grow well in cool weather and thrive in containers. In fact, they're one of the easiest vegetables to grow if you've never gardened before!

Plant Radish in June

As with so many other plants, it all comes down to knowing what type of soil they need and how much sun they need. If you have sandy or stony soil—or no soil at all—you can plant radishes directly into the ground. If your garden is heavy clay and prone to retaining water, consider growing them in pots where their roots will be less likely to rot or get bogged down by too much moisture.

Swiss chard

Swiss chard is a vigorous and hearty vegetable that grows as one of the first greens of the season. It's easy to grow from seed, and will produce many leaves by mid-summer.

Plant Swiss Chard in June

Growing Swiss chard is an excellent way to get your family or friends interested in gardening—it requires nothing more than some soil, sunlight and water. The plants grow quickly and have attractive purple stems with white veins that are delicious when cooked or added raw to salads.

Swiss chard should be planted about two weeks after planting peas or lettuce seeds outdoors; germination takes about 10 days under good conditions (plenty of sun, warm soil). Once it sprouts up from its seedbed you can transplant them directly into their permanent home—just make sure they're spaced out at least 18 inches apart! They'll need plenty of space because they grow rather quickly once they start producing those beautiful leaves


Plant turnips directly in the garden after danger of frost has passed. Turnips grow best in cool weather, so don't rush to plant them until you know it's safe to do so.

Turnips are a root vegetable that is grown for its greens and roots. The edible leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, while the roots may be boiled, baked, fried or pickled. They are a cool season vegetable that prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade well as long as they receive a minimum four hours of sunlight per day.

Keep Growing!

As you can see, June is a great month to keep growing! The weather is getting warmer, but not so hot that plants will dry out too quickly. As always, make sure the soil is moist before planting anything new and don't be afraid to cover small seedlings with an overturned bucket until they get bigger.