Orange County June Planting Guide

June 1
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Our days and nights are getting warmer and summer is beckoning. This is a good month to succession plant warm season crops like tomatoes and peppers to prolong the harvests into September and October.

With hot summer days on the horizon, it’s time to start planting in the summer garden. Consider adding in hot-season favorites like peppers, sweet potatoes, or okra. Check out our suggested flower companion planting guide this month to bring more pollinators to your garden. Heirloom Potager will be installing  new gardens for residential clients and starting a big commercial design project. Check out the Orange County CA June planting guide.

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Planning a Summer Garden with Warm + Hot Season Plants

Orange County, CA June Planting List
Orange County, CA June Herb Planting List
Orange County, CA June Flower Planting List

Here are a some great options for your June planting list:

Beans, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Orach, Okra, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish (in partial shade), Malabar Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Winter Squash

Herbs: Basil, Bergamot, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Sweet Marjoram, TarragonThyme

*Transplant Seedlings

Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season

Mixed Bell Peppers: purple, red, orange, yellow, white, brown peppers shown on table

Rainbow Bell Pepper Mix

from San Diego Seed Company

Slice of Watermelon Radish

Watermelon Radish

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Red Amaranth: Basil-like warm-season greens with purple, red, and green leaves

Red Amaranth

from Peaceful Valley

Rendering of Green Okra from Botanical Interests

Green Okra

from Botanical Interests

Practice Companion Planting for Your Fall Garden

Pink Dahlia-like Zinnias from San Diego Seed Company

Dahlia Mix Zinnia

from San Diego Seed Company

What are Nasturtiums? Climbing Phoenix Nasturtiums from Renee's Garden

Climbing Phoenix Nasturtium

from Renee’s Garden

Wild Bergamot/Mintleaf Bee Balm from Mary's Heirloom Seeds

Mintleaf Bee Balm
(Wild Bergamot)

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Gem Blend
Signet Marigolds

from Botanical Interests

Here are a some great companion plants for your June planting list:

Alyssum, Bachelor Buttons, Borage, Calendula, Cosmos, Echinacea, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Salvia, Scabiosas, Zinnias

Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.

Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.

With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.

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