June Gardening in Seattle: Radishes, Carrots and Sweet Little Pollinators


June is such a lovely time in Seattle. It’s not too hot and not too rainy, and the weather is so perfect for getting outside and gardening… after work, on the weekends, or an occasional moment in the morning, when the air is fresh and the birds are having breakfast. There’s nothing more pleasing than walking about the garden in the morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a hose in the other, seeing what’s coming up today and how everyone’s doing.

The radishes are starting to come in…

Junior Radishes
Junior Radishes

Time to start eating lots of stirfry and snow peas for dinner!

Snow Peas!
Snow Peas!

Any successful project needs an organized, fearless leader. Francis has been leading us to success for years now. Look at those wise eyes. Thank you, Francis!

Our Fearless Forewoman
Our Fearless Forewoman

Francis oversaw some serious planting over the last few weeks. Here are the lower beds, nice and prepped. We were a little sad to tear up some of the crimson clover that wintered over, because it was making the bees so happy. But we have lots of other flowers now for them, so that’s nice.

The Beds Are Planted
The Beds Are Planted

We planted swiss chard, broccoli raab, beets, carrots, radishes, collards, salad greens and red kuri squash. Most of the seeds are from Territorial Seed Company, except for the broccoli raab, which is from Kitazawa Seed Company, which focuses on Asian vegetable seeds. We’re curious how it turns out. We’re guessing fabulous.

Flowers for the Bees
Flowers for the Bees

Look at all the flowers for our pollinator friends!

Hummingbird Heaven
Hummingbird Heaven

I forget what this flower is called. It gets more interesting by the day.

Interesting Flower
Interesting Flower

LOOK AT THIS BEE with her pantlegs full of pollen! This bodes very well for the kiwi harvest this year.

Bee Gathering Pollen in the Kiwis!
Bee Gathering Pollen in the Kiwis!

Walnut is a little worried he’ll have to go inside soon. Don’t worry, Walnut! Lots more gardening ahead of us.

Mildly Concerned
Mildly Concerned

It’s so pleasing to map out the garden plan in this little book. I don’t know why. Maybe something about the physical feeling of pencil on paper complements the tangible feeling of hands in the soil.

June's Garden Plan
June’s Garden Plan

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3 thoughts on “June Gardening in Seattle: Radishes, Carrots and Sweet Little Pollinators”

  1. Very nice! I’m happy to be back in gardening season as well! My snap peas are just ready to pick now. I also tried some purple snap peas that aren’;t ready quite yet … interestingly they have purple flowers … can’t wait to see how they taste! Happy gardening!🙂

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