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.
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.
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.
A good sized pan – a heavy frying pan is best, but a large, non stick saucepan will work
Pod beans, or blanch frozen beans
Prepare salad – a nice big bowl if with friends for them to help themselves.
Prep onions, chorizo and bacon.
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
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.