June is a hot month here in Central Florida. And when I say hot, I mean hot. So hot in fact, that there are very few vegetables that you can start growing here this month. If you started your garden prior to this month you might still be harvesting a few things. If you’re looking to start your first garden, or just looking for a planting guide for your current garden, then you’ve come to a good place. Keep on reading to find out our June Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida – Zone 9b.
Below are the vegetables and varieties that do well in Central Florida and when to plant them. In June you can plant both warm and cool season plants here in Florida.
Warm Season Outdoors: Okra, Southern Peas, Sweet Potatoes
Warm Season Indoors: Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes
Please note that you should not plant eggplant, peppers, or tomatoes outside this month if you do decide to start them. They should be grown indoors. Eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes do well indoors with a grow light and can be transplanted easily (unlike cucumbers and beans that are much more sensitive). I typically start mine indoors for a month or two before transplanting outdoors. Check out How to Start Seeds Indoors to learn more.
If you’re concerned about insects this month and are looking for organic methods to keep them away, pick up a bottle of neem oil. This is a concentrated version, but it’s also available in a spray bottle. It helps with aphids, white flies, spider mites, and leaf rollers. It also helps control black spots and powdery mildew. You can also check out Neem Oil for Organic Gardening and Pest Control.
One of my favorite vegetables to start this month is Black Beauty Eggplant. Eggplant takes the longest of all the nightshades (tomatoes and peppers) to germinate and grow. They’re also the slowest to produce blossoms and fruit. Because of this, I like to grow eggplant for two months indoors before transplanting outside. This gives me a head start on the growing season. And once I harvest them I like to make Eggplant Parmesan.
When I plant from seeds I generally use Botanical Interests Seeds. They have such a wide selection of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. And they’re continually getting new seeds. They also have a good selection of organic, non-gmo seeds. And I find them reliable.
There’s multiple varieties when it comes to vegetables that you can plant that are more tolerant for Florida’s heat and humidity. Picking the right varieties is important for your success. The varieties that work well in Florida are included in the chart below.
Below you’ll find the June Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida – Zone 9b
Planting dates here are based on the University of Florida IFAS Extension, and you can find more information on that here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.
And if you’re not sure what zone you’re in, you can check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you go to their website you can type in your zip code for confirmation of your location. The picture below is from their site.
If you’re growing vegetables in June in Florida, then I definitely recommend using a Shade Cloth if you don’t have one already. Check out the post Using Shade Cloths in the Garden. I use these April-October. There are different varieties that you can choose from.
Days to harvest depends on the quality of your soil, so keep that in mind when waiting for your vegetables to ripen – they can take longer than the time stated above. Days to harvest is also based on when your seed germinates, and not when you plant your seed.
To ensure your plants are growing in the best environment, you can also get a pH Tester to check the soil. Don’t worry if you’re not at this step yet. My first couple of years growing vegetables I didn’t check my soil. Of course, if you’re interested in getting started, check out How to Test Your Soil pH Levels.
I hope the June Vegetable Planting Guide for Central Florida helps you with your garden!
Do you get a head start on the growing season by planting indoors? Share it with us in the comments below. 🙂