June is an abundant month on the veg plot, with a wide range of fruits and vegetables ready for harvesting. Follow our guide to sowing seeds throughout the year to avoid gluts, and discover ways to preserve your harvests should you have too much of one thing at a time.
Discover five crops to harvest in June, below.
Picking a pea-pod
The year’s first peas, such as sugar snap peas, should be ready to harvest, and it’s these first pickings that usually yield the sweetest and tastiest crop. Eat them as soon as you can, as sugar quickly turns to starch, resulting in a loss of flavour.
Broad beans sown in autumn or under cover in early spring, should be ready to harvest by June. Pick pods at the base of the plant first, using a gentle twisting motion to prevent injury to the plant stem.
Digging up potatoes
New potatoes should be ready to dig up from the middle of the month, including both first early and second early cultivars. Bear in mind that these first spuds will be smaller than later harvests, so it’s worth leaving some in the ground to dig up later.
Underripe gooseberries are ready to harvest in June, which are perfect for making tarts, sauces and jams. Pick about half the fruits on the plant, leaving the remainder to ripen further, ready for July pickings.
June is the traditional month for picking strawberries, although it’s now possible to harvest strawberries all summer long. Serve them with cream or eat them fresh off the plant.