June

The month of endless days of light.

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses. 

Nathaniel Parker Willis

June is long hot summer days, the sun directly overhead at its Zenith on the longest day. June is a time for festivals, open gardens, parties, festivals, Wimbledon, watching the cricket from a shady spot, Glastonbury, BBQ’s days out at the beach, the village fete. Produce brimming with promise in the fields and allotments, busy bees buzzing about their business, fresh salads, evenings in the garden, park planted for the summer.

Dates, events, holidays and festivals.

June 2022

TBA – Monyash Well Dressing

4th & 5th June – Epsom Derby

TBA – Conwy Pirate Weekend

TBA – Open Garden Squares Weekend

10th June – New Moon

TBA – RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

12th June – Trooping the Colour

15th – 19th June – Royal Ascot

17th – 20th – The Royal Highland Show

21st June – Summer Solstice

24th June – Full Moon

25th – 27th – RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

24th June – Midsummer

TBC – 27th June – Swaton Vintage Day & World Egg Throwing Championships

26th June – 11th July – Edinburgh Science Festival 2021 

29th June – 4th July – Henley Royal Regatta

Find more events and notable dates throughout the year


June seasonal foods

What is seasonal in June.

Greens and leaves: Cabbage, Pak choi, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring greens, Watercress, Lettuce, Chervil, Lamb’s lettuce, Mint.

Roots and other veg: New potatoes, Onion, Pepper, Spring onion, Peas, Radish, Carrot, Courgette, Courgette flower, Fennel bulb, Globe artichoke, Mangetout, Tomato.

Meat: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork.

Fruits: Rhubarb, Blackcurrants, Gooseberry, Strawberry.

Seafood: Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Kipper, Mackerel, Tuna.

Exotics: Pomegranate, Nectarine.

Find out more about seasonal foods throughout the year by getting yourself in the know about what is seasonal


In nature

Everything is growing.


On the farm in June

Sheep shearing and Routine sheep work (drenching for worms, foot bathing, etc).

Spring-born calves are de-horned.

Haymaking and Silaging.

Irrigate potatoes to encourage growth and ‘filling out’. Irrigation of other crops as required (especially market garden crops).

Find out more about what is happening in the Year on the farm


Things to do in June

In the June garden

Gardening hints

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Out and about

Also see the Out and about Blogs

The longest day.

Recipe of the month.

Chorizo and broad bean risotto.

Filling, full flavored yet light enough for a summers evening.

The deep flavour of the chorizo complements the creaminess of the rice and the broad beans provide a freshness.

Ideal for a supper on a warm June evening, maybe with a nice crisp white wine. Serve with a fresh green salad, Rocket, Sorrel, spinach and parsley, and maybe some finely chopped spring onions sprinkled over sliced tomato. A glug of dressing over the salad to complete.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil

Knob of butter

Bunch or spring onions, finely chopped

3 rashers smoked bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces

125g/4oz chorizo, sliced

About 300g/11oz risotto rice

900ml/1½pt hot chicken or veg stock (I like knorr veg stock pots).

A good large handful of freshly podded Broad beans. If no fresh available, use frozen broad beans, blanched in boiling water for 5 mins, then drained

Parmesan or other hard/mature cheese.

Equipment.

A good sized pan – a heavy frying pan is best, but a large, non stick saucepan will work

Wooden spoon.

Preparation

Pod beans, or blanch frozen beans

Prepare stock

Prepare salad – a nice big bowl if with friends for them to help themselves.

Prep onions, chorizo and bacon.

Cooking

Heat oil and butter in frying / sauce pan.

Add bacon and cook for a 2-3 mins until golden.

Add spring onions, season well and cook for 1 – 2 mins until soft.

Stir in chorizo and cook for a few mins, then tip in rice and stir well so it absorbs all the juices.

Have hot stock to hand (simmering gently in a pan) and ladle some over rice. Stir and cook until liquid is absorbed, then repeat process until rice is cooked and all stock has been absorbed (this will take about 20 mins). It should have a fairly wet consistency and rice should still retain a bite.

Add the broad beans into the rice at end of cooking to warm them and spoon onto shallow bowls or plates to serve.

A shaving or two of Parmesan or hard cheese add an extra flavour.

For more inspiration see the Food Blogs

June Jobs in the vegetable garden or allotment

General Jobs

Weeding and Mulching. As much as your plants will be growing, the weeds will be twice as fast.

Watering when required.

Earth up potatoes. Feed tomatoes.

Trim and tidy fruit trees and plants as required.

Remove pea and Broad beans after harvesting.

Sowing and Planting

Outdoors: Sow – Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Courgettes and summer Squashes, Calabrese, Cauliflower, Kohl rabi, Leeks, Lettuces, Onions, Oriental leaves, Marrows Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Spring onions, Spinach beet, Sprouting broccoli, Swiss chard, Turnips.

Plant: Asparagus, Broad beans, Globe artichokes, Endive, Florence fennel, French beans, Jerusalem artichokes, Kale, Kohl rabi, Leeks, Lettuces, Marrows, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins and winter squashes, Radishes, Runner beans, Sprouting broccoli, Sweetcorn, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes.

Harvest

Asparagus, Aubergines, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage (Spring), Carrots, Cauliflowers, Cherries, Fennel, Garlic, Globe artichokes, Gooseberries, Kohl rabi, Lettuces, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Salad leaves, Spring onions, Spinach, Strawberries, Swiss chard, Turnips.

Find out more about what is happening in the allotment or vegetable garden

Activities, things to see and do in June

With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.

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