You may be reading the title of this post and thinking “but it’s too late to plant anything now”. Watching all the pros down at the allotment already harvesting some of this year’s crops, I feel a bit like I’m late to the party too.
I have planted lots of things, just a little later than I meant to – which is fine, we’ll just have our harvest a bit later this year. And while Summer may be upon us, there are still plenty of crops and flowers to sow this month, so if you feel like making a late dash into growing your own, June is a perfectly good time to get cracking. Here are my top picks for what to plant now.
Dwarf french beans
A brilliant choice if you don’t have much space, dwarf french beans are compact plants that produce loads of beans. This is one of those crops worth growing yourself because it just tastes so much better picked and cooked fresh. French beans freeze well too; last year a small row of plants gave us a huge harvest that kept us going well into Spring.
It’s not to late to grow sunflowers and this is a great plant to get the kids involved with. We’re growing Teddy Bear sunflowers again this year, the kids love how fluffy and tactile they are.
Carrots need warm soil to germinate, so this is a great time of year to sow seeds. Try to remove as many stones from the soil as you can to avoid wonky veg, or grow them in containers. And while you’re sowing, grow some fairy carrots in a jar with the kids – magic!
Don’t assume you have to buy everything as a plant rather than a seed if you want it to flower this year. You can direct sow lots of seeds now which will bloom in late Summer; Calendula, Candytuft and Nigella are all good options. Nasturtiums are brilliant to plant now too: they germinate really easily, grow quickly, and the flowers are edible too.
I try not to get too carried away with annual plants (the ones that don’t survive into a second year) because they can cost a lot of money for such a temporary display, but at this time of year a few bedding plants are a great way to fill any gaps in your borders, or provide an instant display of colour in containers. If you’re using bedding plants in containers, think about mixing some perennial plants in with them; that way you only need to replace the annuals rather than the whole thing.
Will you be growing any of my choices this month? Let me know what you’re up to!