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June's Garden Harvest and Shopping Plans

Blackberries in bowl The Prudent Homemaker

This month in the garden, I'll harvest blackberries, Mission figs, and apricots.

I'll cut and pick Swiss chard, green onions, grape leaves, chives, oregano, rosemary, sage, elderberry flowers (and possibly elderberries, if I can beat the birds to them), New Zealand spinach, peppermint, and tomatoes.

Mission Figs in Basket The Prudent Homemaker

I'll collect seeds from open-pollinated spinach, three kinds of lettuce, leeks, green onions, and nasturtiums to plant later--though most of the green onion seeds will be planted in the garden this month.

I'll sow seeds for zinnias, sunflowers, green onions, vincas, butternut squash, pumpkins, zucchini, marjoram, and thyme in the garden.

I'll buy a few staples this month, but the rest of my $200 budget will be spent on produce, eggs, and meat that I find on sale.

There should be several good sales on meat around Father's Day.

Corn on the cob should go on sale this month; I'll look for sales of six and possibly eight ears for a dollar.

June is a hot month here; most days, if not every day, will be over 100°F/ 38C° (Monday will be 105°). We plan on eating lots of bean burritos, pasta salads (using a combination of sale produce and garden produce; I like my pasta salads to be more vegetables than noodles), homemade yogurt with homemade cranberry almond granola

Summer Pasta Salad The Prudent Homemaker

You can see my summer menu here. I don't follow my menus exactly; instead, I use them to plan my meals based on what is ripe in my garden, what I have in my pantry and freezer, and what I can add that is on sale.




Greek yogurt (small container to use as a starter to make yogurt)

Spreadable margarine (3-pound tub for $2.27)

Flour tortillas





Ice cream (I buy the big buckets labeled "Kroger party pail" when they go on sale for $4.99 or less; sometimes the sale price is $4.49 and sometimes it is $3.99!)



Almonds (our Sam's club appears to have stopped carrying almonds, so I'll have my mom pick some up at Costco for me)



Oxiclean spray


Summer Pasta Salad 2 The Prudent Homemaker

 What seasonal recipes do you have planned for this month? What sales do you look for in June?


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  • Nancy June 01, 2018

    Hi Brandy...I love your beautiful pasta salad and have made it. Delicious! I plan on a variety of salads and fresh veggies fixed in various ways. My Dr too..has suggested this for now in my life. My heart patient husband could benefit too. So..I'm simplifying like you and using less carbs or meat and adding veggies.
    Because of weather our garden is just being planted.
    I will look for:
    Eggs on sale
    Poultry ...some one gave us a lot of chicken free.
    I cooked and shredded 30 quart bags.
    Frozen veggies.
    Thank for your beautiful blog.

  • Krissy in Sacramento June 03, 2018

    How amazing for you to get all that chicken for free! I don’t eat red meat or pork myself, so thinking about 30! quart bags sounds wonderful! Keep us posted on what you make with it, I can always use new ideas for poultry recipes!

  • Joanne in Birmingham UK June 02, 2018

    Beautiful photos Brandy! I’ve recently implemented a frugal way of saving the last piece of almost stale sliced bread and the two crusts from a sliced loaf that I always seem to get. I pop them in the freezer and every few days take a random handful out, defrost in the microwave and then toast, my 2 teenage boys who have mahoosive appetites eat this happily for breakfast, snacks etc. Weirdly if I toast them without freezing first they say they are icky and refuse to eat them! Boys and their picky ways

  • Marie June 02, 2018

    LOL..."mahoosive"???....I thought for sure you made that word up just for giggles (ie. My SIL says flustrated==> flustered + frustrated). Anyway, thanks to you and dictionary.com, I'm glad to learn a new word today :)

  • Joanne in Birmingham Uk June 02, 2018

    It’s my favourite word ever, but I think I’m going to use flustrated at the earliest opportunity!!

  • Rhonda A. June 02, 2018

    This month, I will be watching for local strawberries to come into season. I plan to buy a couple flats when they do, to put into the freezer. I have found that making jam in the fall is much better, as it is too hot in the summer, and my time is limited with my seasonal summer job.

    With the possibility of pending trade wars, I will also focus on stocking up on some pantry and hygeine items that could spike in price. These include things like condiments, toilet paper, and peanut butter. I plan to make sure that I buy and preserve as much local produce as I can this summer, to ensure our need for U.S. grown fresh produce in the winter is limited. My garden is starting to produce as well, but I'm sure it won't be enough for all our needs through the winter. Looking forward to eating some fresh produce form it this month, though!

  • Isabella June 02, 2018

    Aldi has their strawberries at the lowest price now, so I will be buying 40 pounds to slice and freeze.

    I bought an ice cream freezer recently and have enjoyed making our ice cream now. It's so easy! No longer does one deal with a bucket, salt and ice. It's all electric and made in a freezer bowl that is kept in the freezer until needed. I buy my cream at Aldi too. Lovely photos.

  • andrea June 02, 2018

    i'm just getting started on all of this and was blessed to find this website!

  • Lea Stormhammer June 02, 2018

    I'm harvesting lettuce and rhubarb here in MN so I will be making and freezing rhubarb sauce for later use. My tomatoes have blossoms but no tomatoes yet and several of my other plants are healthy seedlings. It will still be about a month before we harvest much more.

    I'm planning on buying dairy (milk to drink, some yogurt, cheese - only if it's on sale), spinach (it bolts quickly so I've given up growing it), and some fruit (mostly berries on sale). If I can get some really good deals on meat, I'll buy a little but not much.

    We're trying to finish eating down the deep freeze in preparation for our summer produce this year, so we will be eating lots of kohlrabi, cabbage and pumpkin this month. We have a few other things too, so we will have more variety than that but those are the things we have in abundance!

    Thanks for the inspiration, Brandy! Your photos are beautiful! The pasta salad looks delicious.

  • Marcia R. June 08, 2018

    Have you tried growing Swiss chard instead of spinach? I live near Buffalo NY and it works much better for us. Spinach bolts about the minute it gets leaves! Swiss chard will go all summer long if you keep cutting the leaves regularly, and to me there is not a lot of difference in taste. Plus it's so expensive to BUY spinach anywhere! Swiss chard cooks up tender even when the leaves are big.

  • Janet June 02, 2018

    I have started using all of the odd pieces of bread to make french toast sticks. I bought one frozen box full now I just keep remaking them now they eat all the bread I was throwing out. Family can be so crazy about what they will eat and when they will eat. Everytime I have time I bake , after I bake they all declare to be on diets. Then I have zero time to bake they all say where is dessert now I say in the freezer.

  • Maxine June 02, 2018

    Our new house is almost finished and we will be moving before the end of the month. I'm focusing now on eating what we have, so I don't have to move it. I did this when we moved here 6 months ago. I have been spending about $50 week for groceries for 2-3 people. I have been making do with just the freezer on top of the fridge, and it has been OK. The new fridge has a bottom freezer drawer. I think it is bigger than the top freezer I have here. I'm not going to buy a new freezer until I see how I get along with just the one on the refrigerator.

    My garden at the moment consists of one mint plant bought at the museum plant sale for .50. I plan to put it in a bigger pot and sink it into the ground at the new house, to keep it from taking over (BTDT). We also plan to build a 4x10 raised bed for strawberries out of scrap lumber. I have a lot of half-composted stuff to fill it and expect to get runners from friends to make new strawberry plants. I've ordered 3 dwarf fruit trees for fall delivery. That's the extent of my food gardening this year.

    I'm more concerned about flowers (food for the soul). I've bought some trees, shrubs and flowers that won't be readily available later in the season. They are growing in pots on my patio right now. Some will need dividing when I plant them! Otherwise, I'm gardening on a dime...or a nickel! Four of my friends have offered plant divisions and seedlings from their gardens. Many of these originally came from my previous home...what goes around, comes around.

    I'm getting excited about moving! My son is coming from Wyoming at the end of the month to help us move furniture and unpack. We're not only getting free help, we get to see the kid! (who will be 40 next month).

  • Cindi June 02, 2018

    I'm curious, Brandy -- what do you use the elderberry flowers for?
    I should be harvesting peas and chard soon, and continue to harvest lettuce and arugula (until the arugula bolts), as well as mint and oregano and green onions. The tomatoes are starting to set blooms, so I may have some tomatoes by the end of the month.
    As for shopping, I'm getting low on meat, so will be looking for sales to restock the freezer.

  • Krissy in Sacramento June 03, 2018

    Maybe elderberry tea?

  • Lynn June 02, 2018

    It has been a while since I've commented, but still follow the blog. I find myself in a new (unwanted) era of life as a new widow. It's been 6 months and I think I'm finally figuring out how to cook for just me. I recently moved, so the pantry is bare. I did find a deal on chicken and ground beef a few weeks ago. My June shopping goal is to get the pantry restocked and work on cooking some more healthy meals. No garden this year, but hopefully can find some good produce deals at Aldi, Lidl, and the local farmer's market.

  • Maxine June 02, 2018

    Lynn, I am sorry for your loss. ((( Lynn )))

  • Patricia Koernig June 03, 2018

    Lynn, it has been two years for me, and I am still adjusting. I send you love, and encouragement.

  • Lea June 03, 2018

    Praying for you, Lynn, in this new stage of life.
    So sorry for your loss,

  • Marybeth June 03, 2018

    I am sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs as you figure out your new normal.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada June 03, 2018

    Lynn, It takes awhile to adjust. All you can do is take one day at a time. I am sorry for your loss. Remember to eat well and take care of yourself! Hugs, Ann

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