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June Vegetable and Herb Gardening Calendar for Cool & Alpine Climate Australia

Australia - cool climate zones
Australia – Cool & alpine climate zones

June brings us the start of winter, with colder, wetter weather, and a few frosty nights. There are still some sunny days to be had, winter vegies to harvest, and some tidying up to do around the garden.

The winds ease off this month, and temperatures drop. In Canberra, there will be an average of 18 frosty nights, with temperatures falling to a minimum average of 1 °C. Hobart will have around two weeks of rainy days, and weather will get cold, but not as cold as July. This month the snow season begins in the alpine areas, with some isolated snowfall also in Canberra.

As deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves and become dormant, it’s a good time to plant new ones and prune existing ones. Winter pruning of deciduous fruit trees and grape vines begins now.

Harsh cold winds can dry out plants very quickly, so it’s important to put up windbreaks, such as plastic sleeve tree guards or shadecloth around young evergreen trees to prevent wind burn.

In frost-prone areas, when frost is anticipated, cover vulnerable plants overnight with hessian, shadecloth, plastic sheet, cardboard, straw or newspaper – make sure that the cover is not airtight, and air can still circulate.

Things to Do This Month:

Vegetables and Herbs to Grow in June (Cool & Alpine Climate)

June Seeds to Sow and Seedlings to Plant (Cool & Alpine Climate Australia)Sow/PlantHarvest (weeks)
Broad Beansdst12-22
Garlicplant cloves17-25

d = sow seeds directly into ground
s = sow seeds into seed tray
ds = sow seeds directly into ground or seed tray
t = transplant seedlings (small plants) into larger pots or plant into ground
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

Download printable PDF version of Gardening Calendar (Australian Cool & Alpine Climate) – June

To help improve these garden calendars, feedback and additional information from readers is greatly appreciated! Australia’s climate varies considerably, and local knowledge of when particular things need to be done in the garden are most helpful to others living in those area, so please feel free to share.

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