June In The Garden – Chasing Crusoe.

June and it’s officially winter!❄ Still remarkably mild in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, with beautiful sunny days but cool nights.

Growth in the garden is slowing down, however, there are still plenty of vegetables that can be grown in June:

Beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflour, garlic, kale, lettuce, parsley, radish, rhubarb, rocket, silverbeet, spinach…

My top 5 in the garden for June are…

1) Lettuce.

Although we’ve moved onto enjoying winter vegetables, we still enjoy an occasional salad, plus my family all love their Marmite & lettuce sandwiches!

Lettuce thrives in cooler and even shady conditions. There are so many delicious and pretty types available. Pick the outer leaves and you will be kept with a continuous supply for a long time.

At the moment I have various types from a gourmet selection pack growing.

2) Mint.

Mint grows well in cool temperatures so make sure you have some on the go. Nothing beats homemade mint sauce with a roast on these cool winter nights. Add a spritz of mint to your water bottle and see how much more you drink! The smell is divine.

Mint can be quite invasive and take over an entire garden bed, so I have started growing it in pots to keep it at bay.

3) Rhubarb.

Who doesn’t enjoy a rhubarb crumble in winter or stewed rhubarb on cereal for breakfast?

Rhubarb is easy to grow and so hardy. Our chickens got into my garden and chomped my plant away in summer, which is not the best as the leaves are poisonous, however the rhubarb grew right back.

Winter is a great time of year to split up rhubarb plants into some young healthy new plants. All you need to do is break off a clump from your existing plant (or ask a friend for some) with a sharp knife and plant it and it will come away in no time as soon as the roots have settled. I have done this with my main plant and the new baby plants are thriving.

4) Spinach.

Spinach is so versatile – it can be used in salads, in with roast veges, in casseroles/mince, smoothies…

Just like lettuce, it thrives in cooler conditions and also does well in partially shady areas, if you have some shady spots of your garden to fill.

They are an easy care plant and perfect addition to a small kitchen garden as they don’t take up much room yet provide lots of nutrient packed greens.

Pick the outer leaves and it will keep producing for you for a long time.

This is Perpetual Spinach.

5) Sugarsnap Peas.

It never ceases to amaze me how you can guide a pea to a wire fence & its’ little tendrils grip on – captured in my photo!

Sugarsnap peas only take approximately 10 days to germinate from seed, then slowly make their way up a fence or trellis.

They are easy care and delicious. We eat them straight from the garden and it would be rare if any actually made it inside to the kitchen to be used in a meal.

If you have kids, this is a perfect vegetable for them to grow.

Happy gardening!😊

~Rebecca

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