Inspired by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ infographic “Edibles to Plant in June,” we decided to highlight everything on the list that starts from seed and is growing in June.
The Southern Region has no seeds to plant this month. But enjoy your seeding of okra and peas if you live in the North or Central Region.
Edibles to Plant in June
Okra: (North and Central Zones only)
Soak seeds in water for six hours for better germination. Requires warm soils and temperatures. Very heat-tolerant. Highly susceptible to root-knot nematodes. Harvest pods a few days after flower petals have fallen, or pods will become tough and stringy (North and Central Florida only).
Recommended varieties: Clemson Spineless, Emerald, Annie Oakley II, Cajun Delight.
Peas: (North and Central Zones only)
Southern (aka Field Peas, Cow Peas, Crowder Peas, Cream Peas): Highly nutritious. Don’t over-fertilize; too much nitrogen limits production. Good summer cover crop. Cowpea curculio is a common pest. Maintain consistent soil moisture.
Recommended varieties: California Blackeye No.5, Pinkeye Purple Hull, Texas Cream.