Planting & Sowing in June | What to plant in your vegetable & flower gardens this month

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Planting & Sowing in June | What to plant in your vegetable & flower gardens this month

What to plant & sow in your vegetable and flower gardens in June — the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Today — the day we are writing this — is the shortest day.

In this article, we share a list of edibles you can plant this month, and expert tips from nursery owner, Rachel Gray.

Rachel, of Gray Floral Nursery & Garden Centre in Blenheim, takes us through what she’s planting and sowing in the nursery right now (so you can too).

June Planting: Edible Garden

Roots —

  • Beetroot

Tubers —

  • Potatoes

Brasiccas —

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli / broccolini
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Pak choi / bok choi

Herbs —

  • Coriander
  • Parsley

Salad greens —

  • Lettuces
  • Mizuna
  • Rocket
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach

Fruit —

  • Citrus
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries

Other —

  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Spring onions
  • Celery
  • Broad beans

— You can also plant: bare root roses, daphne, camellias, ranunculus, calendula, alyssum, lupin & green crops.

Rachel Gray planting Ranunculus Seedling

Rachel Gray planting out ranunculus seedlings

June Gardening with Gray Floral

by Rachel Gray, Gray Floral Nursery & Garden Centre

What I’m planting now:

Bare root roses & ranunculus seedlings. 

I love planting roses as bare roots – I think it gives them the best start to life

I always soak my bare root roses (and any seedlings) in a weak seaweed or fish fertiliser. I find the easiest way to do this is in a wheelbarrow.

The most important step in planting out seedlings at this time of year is hardening off – when seeds are started in the glass house or on a window sill they need time to acclimatise even if they’re a hardy seedling. We harden off all our seedlings in the nursery for a week before they are put on the shop floor, and we really believe this makes all the difference for our gardeners.

What we’re sowing now:

In terms of sowing – we sow poppies (Icelandic, Breadseed Amazing Grey)foxgloves, delphiniums, trachelium, Matricaria, stock and snapdragons throughout the early winter. 

The most common question I get around poppies is how to get them to germinate – they can be tricky. They’re a light lover so I am always sure to surface sow, and only cover with a light dust of vermiculite. Use the best quality seed raising mix you can get your hands on!

Gray Floral is a floral nursery and garden centre that takes pride in growing vegetable, bedding and cut flower seedlings on site from seed. Visit their Blenheim store or shop online.
Ranunculus by Gray Floral