It's summer! School's out, pool season is here, and we're already experiencing blistering heat here in Central Texas.
Take advantage of an overcast early morning to pop out to your garden and plant something new this month.
WHAT TO GROW IN CENTRAL TEXAS IN JUNE
We're officially in our hot growing season now, as if you couldn't tell that the second you stepped outside. You might be tempted to sneak in some gardening favorites like tomatoes, but they're unlikely to fruit in this kind of heat. It's better to wait until August to consider planting tomatoes and stick to hot season rockstars for the next few months.
Whatever you decide to plant this month, sow those seeds soon. By the end of the month, only the toughest of seedlings will thrive.
Here's our short list of some heat-loving plants to add to your Central Texas garden in June.
Black-Eyed Peas, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Eggplant, Honey Dew Melon, Malabar Spinach, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkin, Southern Peas, Sweet Potato Slips, Watermelon, & Winter Squash
Herbs and Flowers
Basil, Bay Laurel, Catnip, Cumin, Gomphrena, Gaillardia, Lamb's Ear, Lavender, Marigolds, Oregano, Petunias, Rosemary, Sage, Sunflowers, Thyme, Vinca Cora, & Zinnias
Harvest Time in June
It may be scorching outside, but this is still a rewarding and fun season in your kitchen garden. It's time to harvest homegrown produce, and if you set up your garden to be productive in May, you're picking daily in June. Cucumbers, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, lots of beans, armloads of yummy swiss chard, and more!
Harvest from your garden regularly to encourage your plants to produce continuously and remain healthy—you'll also ensure you get to bring in the most tender young fruits and veggies possible.
Tips for Summer Gardening in Austin
Watering deeply is just as important as watering regularly.
Walk through your garden first thing in the morning to hunt out any pests, prune, and make adjustments to your watering system. Irrigation timers are a summer garden lifesaver.
Harvest any and all veggies you can find! Crops are best enjoyed when picked in the early morning, before a plant is stressed from the heat. Get them before the birds do, and remember that most tomatoes can ripen on the counter even if mostly green.
For more tips on summer gardening, check out our complete post on keeping your plants cool in the heat.
LETTUCE HELP YOU GROW, AUSTIN!
There you have it! Even as the scorching heat sets in, there's still room for planting and growth! If you're just getting started, it's not too late to get your kitchen garden set up so you can enjoy lots of summer harvests!
Happy summer gardening!