Good morning Portland gardeners!
June has arrived and the garden is full of colorful blooms and lush shades of green. Wildlife is everywhere from bees, to butterflies, hummingbirds, and all kinds of other happy critters. My peonies, poppies, clematis, columbine, foxglove, Spanish lavender, and catmint are exploding in a riot of pinks and purples.
Every day I am harvesting from the edible garden several varieties of lettuce and kale, sugar snap peas, snow peas, scallions, garlic scapes, green garlic, and edible flowers like calendula, viola and 'tangerine gem' marigolds. Herbs are abundant and I am enjoying the flavors of fresh dill, basil, lovage, sage, rosemary, oregano, chives, thyme, savory, tarragon, mint, lemon balm, and lemon verbena. A handful of freshly snipped garden herbs adds a welcome layer of taste to my cooking.
Summer fruit season is highly anticipated. My pale pink strawberries are beginning to ripen, blueberries have set their green fruit, and the raspberries are covered in white flowers announcing what is to come later this summer.
You might wonder if it is too late to plant vegetables and herbs in your garden. It is not! Through the rest of June you can continue to plant all of the following crops:
Melons & Watermelons
Tomatillos and ground cherries
June is still a good time to plant all annual and perennial herbs with the exception of cilantro and chervil that prefer the cooler weather of spring and fall.
Continue planting summer blooming annuals as companion plants to attract beneficial bugs and pollinators as well as provide colorful beauty!
This month as we are turning from spring to summer I think it is too late to plant fruit, as you probably won't get much of a harvest this year. It is too late to start any onions other than scallions/green onions.
As the weather is warming up it is also time to take a break from planting crops that like cooler weather: arugula, asian greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cilantro, cress, endive/escarole, fennel, kohlrabi, mustard greens, peas, radicchio, spinach, and turnip.
Its hard to believe but in July and August we will be turning our attention to planting vegetables for a fall and winter harvest!
Enjoy the sunshine and remember to keep the garden watered, unless we've received an ample rain.