New England Garden Journal – June 2014 – Part 1

French radish seedlings

French radish seedlings

May 31, 2014


  • Sowed French radishes in terraced bed.
  • Sowed snow peas at the ends of several raised beds (back yard).

June 1, 2014


  • One half of a raised bed in small garlic bulbs I had saved from last summer (back yard).
  • Sowed lettuce and bunching onions in a quarter of a raised bed (back yard).

June 2, 2014

Seeds Germinating

  • Bok choy: I had to look really close, but there were three rows of bok choy coming up at the end of the bush bean row.
  • Dill: This afternoon, there are little dill seedlings popping up all over the Suyo Long cucumber bed.

Turned potato area: I decided not to use grow bags this year but to dump out soil from last year’s grow bags and turn it into the ground in the same spot. I will plant potatoes in a trench and then add soil as the plants grow. I am at least 4 weeks late in starting potatoes.

Pumpkins: I started digging up along the fence in the back yard for planting pumpkins. Exhausting work, so I only dug about 6 feet and had to stop.

June 3, 2014

Seeds Germinating

  • Blue Lake bush beans. I soaked these beans for two hours before planting resulting in much faster germination than last year’s beans.
  • Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach
  • French radishes (terraced bed)


Organic red onion sets in raised bed (back yard)

June 4, 2014

Broccoli came back this spring -- already forming a small head. I will allow this to go to seed for seed saving purposes.

Broccoli came back this spring — already forming a small head. I will allow this to go to seed for seed saving purposes.

Seeds Germinating

  • Snow peas (back yard)
  • Lemon squash (terraced bed)
  • Suyo Long cucumbers (back yard)

June 5, 2014

We are finally getting some rain after a fairly long dry spell. I did a quick walk around in the rain and saw more seedlings popping up in the relatively warm rain (61° F). Still no tomato or pepper seedlings, and the corn has not come up yet. I still need to sow pickling cucumber seeds in front garden and potatoes and pumpkins in back garden.


Slugs everywhere already. When it rains, the slugs come up from the ground, sliming their way up the sides of the raised beds, and eat whatever they can find. They love kale, lettuce, anything young and tender. I dread going out there with my cup and scooping slugs up by the hundreds. I really dread this part of gardening. I researched slug bait last year, and nothing is really organic. Beer traps captured two whole slugs out of hundreds, so I would say that is not a solution. Plucking, scooping, picking seems to be the fastest and safest way to dispose of slugs. Yuck!

June 7, 2014


Garlic – I plan to eat this fresh all summer long

Seeds Germinating

  • Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn (back yard)
  • Garlic from small bulbs (back yard)
  • Red onions from sets (back yard)

June 8, 2014

Seeds Germinating

  • Thyme
  • Moskovich tomato
  • Forellenschluss Lettuce (heirloom Romaine variety)
Stowell's Evergreen sweet corn

Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn

Sweet corn bed protected by welded wire -- keeping pets and visitors out

Sweet corn bed protected by welded wire — keeping pets and wildlife out

Blue Lake bush bean

Blue Lake bush bean

Intensive gardening method used for growing bush beans

Intensive gardening method used for growing bush beans

Snow peas growing quickly

Snow peas growing quickly

Buckwheat reseeded from last year

Buckwheat reseeded from last year


3 responses »

  1. Michele…I love this posting broken up into lil sections. Its really nice. Im happy your getting everything rolling. Btw I caught a luna moth last night. Randy has never seen one. I had him take it outside. The darn thing sqealed all the way out. That was strange but they do make a noise when their agitated. I read about that. Also they are really rare anymore. Luna moths have alot of meaning…read about that…its interesting. Tata


    • This is an example of my blog serving as my garden journal where I keep track of what I planted, when, how quickly it germinated and how well it did overall. I am a southern gardener relearning gardening in the beautiful Northeast with all of its different temperatures, seasons, and even pests. That is cool about the luna moth. We have several visit us each spring and summer. They are absolutely stunning. I didn’t know they squealed. Yikes!


  2. I didnt know they screamed until id heard it for myself. I looked around because I didnt know it came from the lovely luna. It sure did! I looked it up and it said that they do that when aggitated. To be quite honest it scared the crap out of me. I had randy put it outside. When he did it kept trying to come back in. I know they are certainly harmless but still…me dont like bugs…except regular butterflies. Interesting though that the luna doesnt have a mouth…it doesnt eat.


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