It’s June and the peonies are popping, the chard is charging, and the soil is singing. It’s that wonderful time of the year when the possibilities are endless. Our spring gardens are maturing and will soon be harvested and ready to be planted again. What, then, is the best way to move forward? With so many options in front of us, it is the limiting factors that help us make good decisions in the weeks to come.
The cooler temperatures and abundant moisture of the early spring has made for a leisurely paced beginning of the season. Now with the heat of summer coming, the life in our well tended soils will burst forth in a rich and beautiful way. With that summer heat comes those summer crops, and the trick for a good harvest is good timing.
All plants are in tune and in cycle with the planet and the seasons. Summer solstice is the pinnacle moment of the growing year. It is when the sun is at its apex, the furthest north it will reach (for us in this hemisphere). As it reaches this moment, so too do the plants in our gardens reach a certain understanding within themselves that the season is now heading back down toward shorter days and abundant harvests. Therefore, planting our plants before or by solstice allows these plants to grow roots and leaves, set flowers, and make fruit within their own natural cycles. When the timing is correct, it will show in the harvest. Luckily, if you miss the solstice, which this year is June 20th, you still have until the 4th of July to get your plants in. And remember, this is for summer crops. This doesn’t apply for those late season sowings of our fall roots and greens ?
Whatever you’re growing, sowing, and looking forward to, from one gardener to another, we wish you abundance and luck.
AJ & Nicole Carrillo
The Garden Poets