This planting guide for Zone 9 has eight vegetables you can plant in June for a great harvest. Includes recommended varieties and growing tips.
Ahhh, June. Summer is officially here, but it’s not unbearably hot yet. The soil is warm and your seeds and seedlings will be off to a great start. Let’s get out in the garden!
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This planting guide for Zone 9 has eight vegetables you can plant in June for a great harvest this summer and fall. Not sure what planting zone you’re in? This interactive map will tell you.
8 Vegetables to Plant in June
Cucumbers are a cool and tasty veggie that kids and adults love. We grow at least three varieties of cukes from seed each year (yes, really). Straight Eight for salads and sunomono; Endeavor for homemade pickles; and Persian Baby for snacking.
Cucumbers are easy to grow from seed, and since they are vining plants, you’ll need a trellis or something for them to climb on. Learn more about vegetables to grow vertically.
Some gardeners shy away from growing okra, because they think it tastes slimy. Not so! It can have a bit of a gooey quality, but breaded and fried okra is first-rate. I like Clemson Spineless organic okra which can grow up to 4 feet high.
Eggplant likes it HOT, so June is a great time to plant it. If there are seedlings available at your local garden center, you should be harvesting in September. Black Beauty is a popular variety, making glossy, deep purple fruit.
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Not familiar with parsnips? You are missing out. When roasted, parsnips are sweet and flavorful. They’re nutritious and easy to grow–if you can grow carrots, you can grow parsnips! I like All American because they mature faster than other varieties (in about 100 days).
Plant seedlings for watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew in June. Cantaloupe and honeydew can be a little tricky to grow, but when they produce–the flavor will blow your mind. I like the Galia, Earlydew, and Solid Gold blend from Renee’s Garden. You get three different seeds in one packet, so you can try all three varieties! (Lizards are optional and don’t come in every package.)
We’ve tried growing many, many varieties of watermelon over the years. This year, we’re growing an heirloom variety called Moon & Stars. We’ve also grown a huge variety called Charleston Gray. Here are some tips on when to harvest your watermelon for the best, sweetest fruit.
Pumpkins are soooo fun to grow. They’re easy to grow from seed, and there are many different types–teeny decorative pumpkins, white pumpkins, carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins, warty novelty pumpkins…it’s hard to decide. Here’s lots more info about growing and planting pumpkins.
Zucchini are one of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed. A couple of plants will produce more squash than most families can eat! This is probably why there’s a gardeners’ holiday called “Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day”.
I like the Jade, Gold, & Emerald Tricolor Zucchini Mix from Renee’s Garden because you get three different varieties in one seed packet.
There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes you can grow, and many different types–slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, paste tomatoes, and heirloom tomatoes. Choose your favorite variety and plant seedlings from the nursery in June.
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