What's in season: June

A small office vegetable garden

By the time June arrives, summer is definitely in the air - or at least in the vegetable patch.

June is a high point in UK gardens. The first spring-sown crops are finally ready to harvest and fruit bushes are dripping with jewels.

Whether you grow your own, visit farm shops and farmers markets or shop in supermarkets, you should find a wealth of seasonal British crops to enjoy this month.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Broad beans
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Globe artichokes
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Lettuce
  • Rocket
  • Spring onions
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Baby carrots
  • Spring cabbage
  • New potatoes.

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Currants
  • Gooseberries
  • Cherries

This month we're talking about strawberries

Quintessentially British, the strawberry conjures up thoughts of picnics, tennis and all things summery. Although imported strawberries are available in supermarkets for many months of the year, June is the month to eat locally grown ones which have been ripened outside in the summer sunshine. They should be especially sweet this year after all the sun we’ve had.

In National Trust kitchen gardens, strawberries are doing well, though lockdown has meant less watering and netting from birds. With fewer visitors and cafes only just starting to open back up, this year it may be the deserving gardeners who get to enjoy the harvest.

Growing your own strawberries gives you the advantage of trying varieties you cannot get in the shops. While commercial growers favour firm types with bright colour and large, uniform size, home gardeners can choose for flavour alone. Particular favourites are ‘Royal Sovereign’, ‘Gariguette’ and ‘Mara des Bois’.

Harvesting in the garden

June recipes

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