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    June Kitchen Garden Almanac


    June is the month to look ahead to the fruit harvest. Peaches and apricots–the early producers–should be thinned by now and many have already come to harvest. Apples, pears, and plums–like the ones above–need your attention now and should be gradually thinned during June. Fruit trees commonly produce many more fruitlets than they can bear. […] More

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    June Garden in the Sourthern Hemisphere

    The first day of winter will arrive later this month in the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and South Africa. Many birds have headed north and nature has finished its preparation for the cooler and cold days ahead. June is a good month to mulch strawberries and protect them from winter cold. […] More

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    June Garden in the Northern Hemisphere

    There’s an old rhyme that says, “A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.” And so it is, as summer arrives later this month in the northern hemsphere. Bees still have their work cut our for them in June even though many fruit blossoms–apricots and plums, for instance–have given way to green […] More

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    June Harvest in the Southern Hemisphere

    Winter begins this week in the Southern Hemisphere. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of good things coming out of the garden. The citrus harvest is in full swing now. Sweet navel oranges, early mandarins, limes, grapefruits, and tangelos are ready for the table. Late apples, avocadoes, bananas, guavas, feijoas, early kiwifruit, olives, and […] More

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    June Planting in the Southern Hemisphere

    June is the slowest time of the year in the gardens of the cool, temperate regions of the Southern Hemisphere—Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Winter starts on June 21. The spring planting season is not that far away, so now is the time to clean up around the garden and get […] More

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    Mid-June Fresh at the Farm Market

    Spring ends and summer begins next week in the Northern Hemisphere. There are more flowers in June than in any other month. Bees are at work now: “A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon,” says an old rhyme. The flower of June is the rose. This month, fruit blossoms are starting […] More