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June is the anniversary of my website and my blog. In celebration of that, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Burpee!

Some of you are just starting to have warmer temperatures. Others of you, like me, are well over 100ºF every day.

June is a great time to plan for a fall garden. If you’re not growing a fall garden, make plans now for mid-summer plantings (June through August) that can be harvested in fall. In you’re in a milder climate like mine (I’m a zone 9a), late September and October are great times to plant a fall garden for harvesting fall through early spring. You can see my garden calendar on my website here.

Cool-season vegetables, like lettuce, spinach, peas, Swiss chard, radishes, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, parsley, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale are great things to plant for a fall harvest.

Here are the things that have grown well from me from Burpee. Most of these are heirloom/open-pollinated seeds. I have been growing mostly heirloom seeds so that I can collect seeds from what I’ve grown to plant again next year. I’ve also found that heirloom seeds grow really well. Note that not all of these are for fall planting, though most are.


Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Red Salad Bowl Lettuce
Oak Leaf Lettuce
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
Mary Washington Asparagus (I started with 1-year-old roots, planted in April)
Watham Butternut Squash (spring planting)
Nasturtium Double Dwarf Jewel Mix (spring planting; mine reseed themselves)
Artichoke Green Globe and Imperial Star
Mammoth Melting Sugar Pea
Armenian Cucumbers (spring and summer planting)
Toyko Cross Turnips
Fordhook Zucchini (last year I planted these in July, and when in cooled down in October they began flowering and I had zucchini until our first frost in December, but for cooler climates these are best planted in spring)
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Blue Solaise Leeks
German Chamomile (spring planting)
Single Italian Parsley

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  1. This is our first time planting a garden. I have a black thumb and moved to the desert area last year. We’re actually in the desert/mountains and have snow or cold weather from October-April and have heat from June-September. Our peak heat days are in July and August, and our peak cold is usually somewhere in January/February. We actually had snow last year into May but this year it flurried a little and didn’t stick end/April beginning/May. I’m hoping to grow some fresh fruits/veggies for my children who will eat me out of house/home because they love their greens.

  2. This year we would not be doing anything as we had a newborn in may. However last year we planted spinach and lettuce and plenty of the common herbs. The other thing i like to do is start the bulbs but that is to the latter of fall.

  3. While this is not actually a favorite because I usually only have a spring/summer garden, I am planning on putting in a “cover crop” of some type of bean that well actually add nitrogen to our soil. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. I want to start growing in my front yard. We have a short growing season and a north facing yard in the High Desert. The cost of digging out the sandy dirt and replacing it with good soil has been cost prohibitive, but we are getting there.

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