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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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  • Thanks! I'll definitely give it a try again. I always look at it and notice the price is about the same or even less than what I spend on a 1/2 gallon of ice cream, and that's when the 1/2 gallon is on sale! I refuse to buy it at the regular price of 6.99+.
    Lol! I just realized I combined the comment I was going to leave on this post, with the comment I was going ro leave on the frugal accomplishments post! I'll just tell myself it was because I was in a hurry/got distracted and had NOTHING to do with my age! ;~D

  • PJGT June 04, 2018

    I am finding that my plan to eat less means shopping less which is great as I'm working diligently to spend less so I can refill the emergency fund and pay off the credit cards. Thankfully we own our vehicles!

  • Cindy in the South June 05, 2018

    I have run out of so many things so I had a huge amount of restocking to do! I bought sugar, sweet pickles, ketchup, tomato paste, sardines, tuna, paper towels (which I use very sparingly, but still use sometimes), alum foil, peanut butter, eggs, carrots, vaseline, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, sun block, dish soap, mayo, garbage bags, etc. I still need to stock up on laundry detergent, evaporated milk, cans of green beans, peas, carrots, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and toilet paper, and probably some other stuff. I will probably stock up on these items in July, since I think I have enough to last me until July 1st. I just did not realize I had run out of so much stuff!

  • Rachel June 05, 2018

    We make yogurt using an heirloom starter (https://www.culturesforhealth.com/bulgarian-yogurt-starter.html) so we don't have to keep buying store yogurt for fresh culture every few generations. I bought this one for my husband as a birthday present about 5 years ago for ~$12, and it's still going strong!

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