What To Plant In June | Zone 8

What To Plant In June | Zone 8

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Planting is lovely in zone 8. We have a long growing season and we have so many things we can plant during the month of June. So let’s get into it…Do you know what to plant in June?

I’m going to split up this post into a quick, simple list, and a detailed list. Why? Because sometimes you want a quick list and sometimes you want a detailed list. I don’t want you to have to waste your time if you only want a simple list of things to plant. However, if you not only want to learn what to plant in June, but also to get some planting tips, go with the detailed list.

Then, in the comments let me know what you are planting this month!

What To Plant In June | Simple List

  1. Jalapeno peppers
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Pumpkins
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Okra
  6. Southern Peas
  7. Summer savory
  8. Basil
  9. Cumin
  10. Rosemary
  11. Tarragon
  12. Dill

What To Plant In June | Detailed List

Almost all of the information that you want to see on a seed packet I’ve pulled for you here. It’s nice to have it all in one place isn’t it?

Do you know something that should be on the list but it’s not? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

What Vegetables/Fruits To Plant In June

jalapeno

Hot peppers are some of the easiest things to grow in my experience. They really don’t care what you do, they will do what they do and that is…make a ton of hot peppers!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 10-14 days/ 60-100 days
  • Soil – Well draining loamy soil
  • Sow Outdoors – Sow 1/4″ deep, after last frost when soil is about 60ºF
  • Start Indoors – 2-4 weeks before the last frost. To get a jump on the season.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun, they love the light, give it all to them, they can handle it well.
  • Spacing – Sow 1/4″ deep. Space seedlings about 12-14″ inches apart for optimal growth.
  • Common Pests – Cucumber beetles, pepper hornworms, and aphids. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes will grow well into the fall season, and up until it gets cold. Sometimes, here in Florida we don’t get many cold days even during the winter. If you have a greenhouse, perhaps with a small heater on those super rare days when it gets in those freezing temps, you can actually have a perennial tomato plant or 2, or 5?!

Believe it or not tomatoes are actually grown as perennials in the tropics. So it should be fairly easy to get them to a perennial state using a greenhouse when living in the subtropics.

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 5-10 days/50-60 days
  • Soil – Should consist of plenty of organic matter and should be kept fairly moist.
  • Mulch – Mulch, mulch mulch especially in zone 8, when the heat of the day zaps any moisture content that could be found in our super sandy soil, the mulch will retain water better than the sandy soil. Especially, if your soil is like mine, just sand! It’s beachy here, without the water.
  • Sow Outdoors – Seeds can take quite a long time to grow. While you can start seeds outdoors in full sun, when the temps are 65ºF+.
  • Start indoors – Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Hardened off seeds before placing them in their final destination.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – Sow 1/8″ inch deep. Space seedlings about 18-24 inches apart for optimal growth.
  • Common Pests – Aphids, cutworms, flea beetles, root-knot nematodes, blister beetles, hornworm, slugs, snails, spider mites, tomato fruit worms, and whiteflies. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Pumpkins

Pumpkin need a long growing season, around 90-120 days. They grow best in hotter climates like ours, since they don’t do well in cooler weather. Then, while the fall temps drop, (or not because this is zone 8)…we can enjoy the harvest! Don’t forget your chickens LOVE eating watermelon and pumpkins!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 4-10 days/90-120 days
  • Soil – Sandy soils, high in organic matter. Plant in rows or hills. Learn more about planting in hills at Almanac.
  • Fertilizer – Responds well to 10-10-10 (3-4 lbs. per 100 sq ft)
  • Mulch – Add mulch to keep in moisture.
  • Sow Outdoors – Sow 1″ deep, with pointed end facing down.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun.
  • Spacing – Sow 1″ deep. Keep about 5-6 ft between hills, spaced in rows about 10-15 ft apart. Once the plant is established, thin the plants to 2 or 3 plants on each hill.
  • Common Pests – Aphids, cabbage looper, cucumber beetles, cutworms, flea beetle, squash bug, squash vine borer, and thrips. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!
  • Common Disease – Check out this article on pumpkin diseases and pests.
  • Pollinators wanted! – Pumpkins need pollinators! Invite bees to live near your garden for easier pollinating by buying a bee house.

Sweet Potatoes

I don’t know about your soil, but mine is well…sand. It looks like a beach outside. Not kidding. We are about 25 miles or so from the coast but we don’t have a yard we have sand. The sand is riddled with root systems and it’s nearly impossible to dig.

For that reason, I like to plant my tubular plants in grow bags or raised bed gardens. Which they do well in.

Planting Tips:

  • Days to Harvest – 90-120 days
  • Soil – Sandy, loamy, well-draining soil.
  • Start Indoors – Start slips indoors 6 weeks before planting out. See How To Grow Sweet Potatoes for how to start slips.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – 4-6″ deep and 12-18″ apart.
  • Common Pests – Weevils, cucumber beetles, white grubs, whitefringed beetles, wireworms, flea beetles, aphids , armyworms, cutworms, loopes,thrips, and tortoise beetles. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Okra

Listen Linda, I dream of the days when I can pickle some okra. I’m so excited to get this crop going. However, I hope the pests don’t overtake my crop this year. It’s almost like they think I garden for them!

Planting Tips:

  • Days to Harvest – 2-12 days/50-60 days
  • Soil – Fertile, well draining soil with neutral pH.
  • Start Indoors – Sow 2 seeds to one pot, 6-8 weeks before planting date.
  • Sow Outdoors – Okra like it hot! So after all danger of frost has passed. It needs midsummer warmth and even a tropical or subtropical heat for best growing conditions.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – Plant 1″ deep and 3″ apart in rows that are 2-3′ apart.
  • Common Pests – Corn earworm, aphids, flea beetles and green stink bugs. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Southern Pea

No matter what kind of peas you’re growing in the garden, it’s always fun to see those baby pods! Have you ever eaten fresh sweet peas? Oh what a great snack they make!

Planting Tips:

  • Days to Harvest – 21-20 days/60-90 days
  • Soil – Well-drained soil, sandy, and rich in organic matter.
  • Start Indoors – Start indoors 4-6 weeks before planting date.
  • Sow Outdoors – Sow 3-4 weeks after last frost.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – 3/4-1 1/2″ deep and 20-42″ apart.
  • Common Pests – Cowpea curculio, aphids. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

What Herbs To plant in June

Summer Savory

Summer savory throws around flavors of several other herbs like marjoram, thyme, and mint. It also has this peppery flavor to it. The flowers are beautiful, and best of all it REPELS PESTS!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 7-14 days/60-65 days
  • Soil – Moist, not wet, loamy soil especially when first establishing the plant.
  • Start Indoors – Transplant outside when plant has 4 leaves.
  • Sow Outdoors – Sow shallow about 8″ apart
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – Sow 1/4″ deep and 8″ apart.
  • Common Pests – A huge benefits of growing savory whether winter or summer varieties is that they don’t have any known pests or diseases! They actually help repel a few pests.
  • Repel Pest!! – It actually may repel: sweet potato weevil, cabbage moths, Mexican bean beetles, and black aphids. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Basil

I don’t know what it is about basil…I think it is so fun to grow. Of course I love making pesto too. See me kale and basil pesto recipe.

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 7-10 days /3-4 weeks
  • Soil – Well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter.
  • Start Indoors – Sow directly 1/4″ deep, basil grows pretty easily from seed.
  • Sow Outdoors – Start 3-4 weeks before planting season to get a head start.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – Sow 1/2″ deep. 2-3″ apart, and 18″ rows
  • Common Pests – Japanese beetles, slugs and aphids. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Cumin

Cumin loves the warm weather. You can sow directly up until about June. However, with the long growing season, a harvest in September might be a little too cool, but you can winter indoors if it get too cool in the fall. Most of the time our fall season is pretty hot but every once in a while it gets a little chilly!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 7-14 days/120 days
  • Soil – Fertile, well-draining soil
  • Start Indoors – You can begin cumin seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow outdoors – Sow seeds 1/4″ deep and keep moist until germination.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – 1/4″ deep every 4-8″ inches
  • Common Pests – Aphids. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Rosemary

One of my favorite herbs. I just love the smell of rosemary growing in a landscape feature. They grow into giant bushes if you let them and they are just gorgeous!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 15-25 days/80-100 days
  • Soil – Well-draining loamy soil, slightly acidic. Many growers find they may need some lime additions to help rosemary grow.
  • Start Indoors – Start seeds 3 whole months before growing season begins.
  • Sow Outdoors – Because it takes so long to grow most people start it indoors.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – 1/4″ deep and 2-3′ apart
  • Common Pests – Aphids, mealybugs, thrips, mealybugs, spittlebug, scale, and root rot. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

Tarragon

Many varieties of tarragon do not grow well in hot weather, however you can buy heat-tolerant varieties that are native to tropical areas. Such as, Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida) which is native to Mexico and Guatemala.

Tarragon

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 7-14 days/90 days (Reportedly low germination rate)
  • Soil – Sandy, well-draining soil
  • Start Indoors – Move trays outdoors after the last frost, to help with germination.
  • Sow Outdoors – Plant early in spring to ensure best flavor. But you can plant throughout summer also…
  • Sun Needs – Full sun is okay but not direct sun especially in hot climates.
  • Spacing – 1/2″ deep and 24-36″ apart
  • Common Pests – Tarragon rust which is yellow or white spot, bright orange or yellow pustules, on underside of leaves. Leaves may also turn yellow. This is caused by a fungus, because of poor air circulation. Remove all infected plants. Insure next time the plants are spaced properly and prune regularly to provide air flow.

Dill

Oh dill, I love, love, love. Out of all the herbs dill is sooooo easy to grow. Last year I harvested about a pound of dill. And the kids took it to town. They combined it with favorite foods like our farm fresh eggs!

Planting Tips:

  • Germination/Days to Harvest – 10-14 days /90 days
  • Soil – I will grow in any conditions! No really, dill isn’t picky but it loves well-drained, sandy soil.
  • Start Indoors – Dill can be planted out in the spring and all summer long. Start it early indoors if you want. Plant the seeds deep in a pot and give it a lot of light.
  • Sow Outdoors – Sow in direct sunlight.
  • Sun Needs – Full sun
  • Spacing – 1/” deep and 10-12 inches apart.
  • Common Pests – Swallowtail caterpillars, aphids, tomato hookworms. Check out Garden Pest Control Post for information on how to fight these pests!

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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