June Gardening Tips
The Pasquotank Master Gardeners provide monthly tips and below are the tips for June.
- Early this month you can still sow seeds for beans, corn, Brussel sprouts, cucumbers and squash.
- Seedlings of melons, peppers and pumpkins for fall harvest.
- Fall blooming perennials
- This is a good month to take cuttings of your favorite shrubs.
- Pinch basil flower buds for leafier plants.
Micro greens have become very popular. Easy to grow, all you need is a shallow container, some potting soil, seeds and a sunny window sill. There are a variety of edible young greens harvested by growing, then cutting in less than a month after germinating, when they are about 2” tall. Broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, radishes and peas are some of the many tasty greens you can grow. Several different seeds can be grown in the same container. Simply cover the bottom of a shallow container with moist potting soil. Don’t forget to poke holes for drainage. Level the soil but don’t compress it. Sprinkle seeds, then cover with an additional thin layer of soil. Mist to dampen and then cover with plastic, which creates a little green house. Sprouts should appear within 3-7 days at which time you can remove the plastic. Mist each day to keep the soil from drying out. Your container needs a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight, or a grow light could be used instead. When the seedlings are about 2” tall, grab your scissors and cut just above the soil. Use in salads, omelets, and on sandwiches, etc.