Florida Gardening in June

June Gardening:

First, yes, I am completely aware that it is no longer June. I haven’t turned senile. I know it’s July. I just returned from a visit in Wisconsin, which is why this ‘June’ gardening is actually being published now (I forgot to pack my FL gardening books.).

My poor gardens have been severely neglected and need a good weeding. I have spent so much time designing other gardens and workshops, that I have abandoned my own green space. Luckily, it’s raining pretty consistently, and I don’t grow too many annuals this time of year, so I just need to get outside and weed.

Learning to Grow in Florida marked it’s one year! What began as a healthy emotional outlet (both gardening and writing) has inspired me to begin my own non-profit, Pineapple Acres – a holistic gardening space that offers gardening classes, workshops, holistic design and a chance to experience the spiritual love of nature. In the last year, my backyard wasn’t the only being that transformed and blossomed. I feel unrecognizable to who I was last summer. And that’s a good thing. I hope to continue to grow, and thank all of you for being a part of this journey. Cheers to a year filled with love, joy and beautiful plants!

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

The only thing growing in my annual raised beds are compost volunteers or kitchen to garden experiments. Still, there are a few vegetables that can handle the heat and humidity:

  • okras
  • sweet potatoes
  • Southern peas
  • calabaza
  • chayote
  • dasheen
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • malanga

What I harvested:

  • pineapples
  • Jamaican cherries
  • tomatoes
  • strawberries (I have a few plants tucked in shade.)
  • greens

What is flowering:

  • Jamaican strawberry tree (I’m getting so many cherries on this tree!)
  • crepe mrytle
  • oleander
  • periwinkle
  • perennial peanut
  • desert rose
  • marigolds
  • hibiscus
  • squashes
  • watermelon
  • milkweed
  • crinum lily
  • plumeria

Resources:

Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.

One thought on “Florida Gardening in June”

  1. How traditionally Southern! Many of those, particularly watermelon, are not grown here because of the lack of warmth. I have grown okra a few times only because it is not available in markets here. It is reasonably productive, but not overly productive like it is in where summers are warmer, and the weather stays warm at night.

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