In this post, I'll be sharing the seeds you can start in June for Zone 5B/6A. So if you're in a different zone, here's how to adjust your dates accordingly. Compare your frost dates with my frost dates and then do the math. You can either work backwards or forwards
In mypost, I shared WHY and HOW I'm fine-tuning my seed-sowing calendar and practice to be more of a year-round schedule. You should definitely give that post a read to better understand why these calendars can be useful to your gardening efforts.
But to summarize, when I say "year-round", I specifically mean starting seeds as early as February (for my zone) and continuing to start seeds indoors through September or October (mainly for garlic and overwintered plants).
I've realized that for my goals and purposes, which is to GROW A LOT OF FOOD, this type of calendar is actually SIMPLER & LESS FUSSY in the grand scheme of things. It can also make things simpler even if you're NOT growing a lot of food.
How, you ask?
Well, instead of doing an intense few months of starting seeds indoors, generally from early March to late April, you can spread out your efforts over multiple months. In this way, you'll focus on starting a fewer seeds at a time and may even use less space in your house.
As these calendars roll out, you'll see there are many plants you can start for multiple months out of the year, which means you're not pigeon-holed to getting everything started at once (or within the small range of time.)
LETTUCE, for example, can be started as early as February and be sown all the way through September! Depending on the varieties you've chosen, this allows you to have homegrown lettuce throughout the year and not feel like you have start it all at the same time. You can do bits here and bits there and still have a continual supply.
ONIONS are another great example. You can multisow bulb onions indoors in February and continue to sow them through April. You can sow spring or salad onions much later than bulb onions and harvest from them throughout the season. Some of this depends on your growing season and the variety you choose. You need to be aware of the maturity dates and temperature needs of your plants and then translate that into your growing season.
One last example I want to share is CABBAGE. Early cabbage varieties can be started in February and March, late Cabbage for a fall harvest can be started in May or June and even July for some Chinese Cabbage varieties. And then you can start cabbage for overwintering from June through August!
SEE HOW THIS GIVES YOU SOME OPTIONS??
If you plan accordingly, YOU DON'T HAVE TO START EVERYTHING within just a couple of months! You could possibly have a few trays of seedlings growing in your house at a time, depending on your goals.
And most of these seedlings, with the exception of longer-growing plants like eggplants, peppers and some herbs which need quite a long time to grow indoors, will only be in your house a few weeks before they're moved out!
As I talked about in my
Before I get to the calendar, I'm going to throw some resources at you that will help with your planning.
Your ultimate success in all of this comes down to a bit of planning (a lot of which I'm doing for you with my Seed Sowing Calendars) and goal setting (your favorite, right?)
These are all questions you should ask BEFORE you get started with gardening, no matter how you do it. And answering these questions will help you think through WHEN you want to start your seeds and WHEN you want to plant them out!
Sow Under Cover (i.e. inside or in covered greenhouse)
After Solstice (the longest day, usually around June 21st) sow:
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