June Garden Update

Here it is July already and I’m just now getting around to doing an update on what all has been happening in my garden in June. Oh well, better late than never, right?

When I started out the year, I had two goals I wanted to work towards. My first goal was to have a neater garden. I’ve always dreamed of having one that’s more appealing to the eyes, you know… with neat little walk ways and flowers growing, bees buzzing and butterflies fluttering around. One that when you walk into it, gives you a calm, relaxed feeling…

But then I walk into my garden and reality hits…


Yeah… not very neat and tidy, is it? Somewhere in there, buried beneath the weeds is a walk way. You definitely don’t get that calm, peaceful feeling when you walk in… it’s more like a tense, be on alert and ready to run feeling due to not knowing what kind of creature might jump out from under those weeds. At least it keeps us alert and on our toes.  I think I’ll have to give up on the goal of having a neat garden for this year and try for it another year.

My second goal was to branch out, try new things and aim to grow a variety of vegetables. In the past years I’ve tried to do that but for some reason haven’t been successful at getting different varieties of things to grow. I think my problem was that I waited too long into the season to get things planted. This year I got my garden in a lot earlier than usual and I’ve noticed a big difference. So far, we’ve harvested a lot more during the month of June than we have previous years.

Lettuce, cabbage, beets, and carrots are all firsts for us.


We had a really nice crop of lettuce this time, it tasted great and wasn’t bitter like it’s been in the past.

The cabbage didn’t quite get as big as I was expecting it to but we still got a nice harvest…


I made a gallon jar of sauerkraut and a double batch of bierocks out of it.

For some reason I’ve never been able to start green beans or cucumbers in the spring for summer harvest. I’ve tried every year but they either get eaten by bugs, drowned out by rain, or they just flat out don’t produce. Frustrating! So I always plant just a few in the spring, just in case they might do well, and plan to grow bigger crops in the fall when I’ve had better luck.

Well, this year, I’m happy to say that I’ve actually gotten enough green beans that I had to get the canner out…


I have eleven quarts of green beans so far this year. Yay!

The cucumbers are also doing really good so far. We’ve picked a lot, but it’s taken a while to gather up enough of them to make pickles because they get eaten as fast as they get picked. In fact, they sometimes don’t make it to the house before they’re eaten. At least they’re getting eaten by kids and not bugs, which is a good thing. 🙂

I have managed to get enough to make a half gallon jar of fermented dill pickles…


The sauerkraut and pickles are almost ready to eat.

We’ve harvested a few potatoes so far…


These were dug closer to the first part of the month. Since then, we’ve harvested a few more and those have been quite a bit bigger. We need to get out there and get the rest of them dug soon.

The tomatoes are slowly starting to ripen, one by one…


I’ll probably be able to start canning them within the next few weeks. Just in time because we recently ran out of the pasta sauce, pizza sauce and salsa that I made last year. Can’t wait to be stocked up on all that stuff again!

Here is a video walk through of what our garden looked like a couple weeks ago…


I may not have the prettiest garden around but so far I’m very happy with the variety of vegetables we’ve gotten this year…


I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s not what the garden looks like from the outside, but what’s harvested from the inside that counts.

7 thoughts on “June Garden Update

    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Sounds good! You bring the dogs and I’ll bring the kraut and bacon and we’ll have a fancy dog feast! 🙂

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    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Ok! I did a little research and so far I haven’t found any kale that looks like that. I will have to ask the person I got it from sometime and see what they say.

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  1. Karen Squires

    I felt very relaxed watching your garden video-:) It looks perfect! Miley is so adorable! I love her voice! What a great helper you have-:)

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    1. humblelittlehomestead Post author

      Glad you found it relaxing and enjoyed the video! Thank you, I do have a great helper! 🙂

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