June is a busy time for cold-climate gardeners. Summer is here and it’s time to plant, create, and visit other gardens for inspiration.
For more, see garden task lists for each month here.
June Garden Tasks
These are examples of tasks I like to do in my cold-climate garden (zone 6). Every garden is different, and we each adapt based on climate, growing zone and conditions, the plant species, challenges, and time and resources available. Please take the inspiration and run/grow with it.
Here in southwestern Ontario, Canada, the month of June can be hot and dry. Our gardens are starting to thrive, and it is garden tour season. It’s a wonderful time to grab fresh ideas and do more in our own gardens.
Monthly Garden Tasks
With summer growing season underway, it’s time to plant, plant, plant!
- New plants started indoors in spring should be in the ground or containers now. Use squirrel screens to keep wildlife from nibbling on them.
- It’s safe to plant warmth-loving veggies like tomatoes and peppers, along with all the usual suspects.
- If you have particular plants on your wish list, nab them at garden nurseries while you can.
- Remember to turn your compost pile (2x per week is ideal), to keep the microbes working.
- Grow new plants from cuttings: see what you can propagate now.
- Maintain pond pump. Avoid invasive pond plants. Use this simple tip for keeping the water sparkling clear.
- Keep bird feeders and water feeders clean and filled.
- Clean out nesting boxes between broods. But be sure you’re not disturbing an active nest.
- Also keep hummingbird feeders clean and filled. Remove if there is any sign of mold.
- Grow salad greens and other veggies and herbs can grow indoors all year-round.
- Watch that houseplants are not over or under watered.
June is a very busy time for me. If I’m not working in the garden, I’m visiting gardens. It’s a wonderful, but fast-paced month.
- Get creative with succulents
- Make garden art flowers from dishes
- Make a garden art lighthouse
- Make a suitcase fairy garden
- How about a bathtub garden pond?
- Fences are just like art gallery walls
- Are you on Team Rust? Here’s some outdoor art ideas.
You may not know it by the name phenology, but you certainly know what it is. Phenology is the science of observing annual first events in nature. When flower buds open. When peepers first peep. When bees appear. When migrations arrive. When bulbs pop up. The list is endless.
Seasonal changes prompt natural responses in the plant and animal kingdoms. It is interesting to note these events and compare year over year.
Summer Phenological Events
Here’s a few examples you might notice.
- Late May or early June often means frog and toad mating time. Those night-time calls are deafening!
- Tree leaves are out!
- Early-blooming plants are showing off.
- Butterflies and bees are collecting nectar and pollen.
- Baby birds are fledging; ready to leave the nest.
- Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year.