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.
2nd June – Spring bank holiday
3rd June – Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Seasonal, astronomical and nautical events
7th June – 1st Quarter
8th June – Neap Tide
14th June – Full Moon, Strawbery Moon
15th June – Spring Tide
21st June – Summer Solstice
21st June – 3rd Quarter
22nd June – Neap Tide
29th June – New Moon
Festivals and events, religious, traditional and sporting
26th May – 6th June – Hay Festival
2nd – 4th June – Royal Bath and West Show
2nd June – Trooping the Colour
2nd – 4th June – Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall
2nd – 5th June – Platinum Jubilee Weekend
3rd & 4th June – Epsom Derby
4th & 5th June – English Riviera Airshow
5th June – Whitsun / Penticost
10th – 12th June – RetroFestival, Newark
11th June – Man Versus Horse, mountainous terrain race
11th & 12th June – Folkestone and Ashford Military Show
11th & 12th June – Open Garden Squares Weekend
12th June – RAF Cosford Air Show 2022
14th & 15th June – Conwy Pirate Weekend
14th – 18th June – Royal Ascot
15th – 17th July – Stainsby Festival Home
16th – 18th June – UK AeroExpo 2022, Cotswold Airport
17th – 19th June – Weston Park International Model Airshow
18th June – Headcorn Armed Forces Day
23rd – 26th – The Royal Highland Show
23rd – 26th June – Goodwood Festival of Speed
24th June – Midsummer
24th – 26th June – Battle of Britain Airshow, Headcorn Aerodrome
25th June – Scarborough Armed Forces Day
25th June – Plymouth Armed Forces Day
25th & 26th June – Weston Air Festival
26th June – Malton Show
28th June – Derbyshire County Show
28th June – 3rd July – Henley Royal Regatta
30th June – Wales & Border Counties Hound Show
TBA – Monyash Well Dressing
Also, see the Red Arrows UK display schedule 2022
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 with a guide to Seasonal foods.
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
Out and about
Also, see the Out and about Blogs
The longest day.
June recipe of the month
English Summer Vegetable Tart
In June, there are several delicious traditional English dishes you can make using seasonal produce. Here’s a recipe for a classic dish that incorporates some of the ingredients available during that time.
1 sheet of ready-made puff pastry.
1 tablespoon olive oil.
1 small red onion, thinly sliced.
1 courgette (zucchini), thinly sliced.
3 Cloves garlic.
100g (3.5 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved.
100g (3.5 oz) fresh peas (or frozen, defrosted).
100g (3.5 oz) fresh broad beans (or frozen, defrosted).
100g (3.5 oz) crumbled mature cheddar cheese.
A handful of fresh parsley leaves.
Salt and black pepper to taste.
Optional: balsamic glaze for drizzling.
Tart or quiche dish.
Rolling pin (optional).
Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
If using ready-made pastry, allow warming according to packet instructions.
Thinly slice vegetables.
Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to fit a tart or quiche dish. Carefully transfer the rolled-out pastry to the dish, pressing it down and into the edges. Trim any excess pastry hanging over the edges.
In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced red onion and cook for a couple of minutes until softened.
Add the courgette, cherry tomatoes, peas, and broad beans to the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly tender. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Spoon the cooked vegetables onto the prepared puff pastry, spreading them evenly.
Sprinkle the crumbled mature cheddar cheese over the vegetables.
Bake the tart in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the vegetables are cooked through.
Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
Tear the fresh parsley leaves and scatter them over the tart.
Serve the English Summer Vegetable Tart warm or at room temperature. Optionally, drizzle some balsamic glaze over the top for added flavour.
This vegetable tart is a delightful way to celebrate the seasonal produce of June in England. Feel free to customize the recipe by incorporating other vegetables that are in season during that time or adding herbs and spices to suit your taste. Enjoy your meal!
For more inspiration see the Food Blogs
June Jobs in the vegetable garden or allotment
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.
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.
Thinking about getting out and about, then perhaps Buy OS Landranger maps direct from Ordnance Survey to discover new places or see the latest handheld GPS devices with bundled mapping from Ordnance Survey.