June is not too late to plant –ESPECIALLY since our growing season has been pushed out a bit. This Spring has been a short one — with unseasonably cooler temperatures and plenty of wind in May. So YES definitely there’s plenty of time to plant!
You can plant bush and climbing beans, calabacitas, eggplants, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, sweetcorn, tomatoes, zucchini, and anything else that you desire!
All of these are warm-weather vegetables that will catch up during this late planting season!
Climbing beans need support but they produce far more food over a longer period than bush varieties do in the same space. Plant tall sunflowers or sweetcorn now, then climbing beans about three weeks later. The beans will crawl up the stalks of the taller vegetables, saving you the expense and bother of beanpoles. You can also try planting in partial shade bolt-resistant lettuce and mixed salad greens (“mesclun”). Pick them young and plant on successive sowings.
We get customers asking us for the same few plants all the time. They want exactly what their neighbors have. Such as Russian Sage, Salvia May Night; Jupiter’s Beard and Moonshine Yarrow. They also want Aspen trees.
Because they see Russian Sage planted everywhere in Santa Fe, they believe it must be an indigenous plant to Santa Fe. It is not. The scientific name for it is pervoskia atriplicifolia aka Salvia yangii which is from Afghanistan. The 3 perennials listed above, have been used extensively in the medians around town, hence why everyone wants them. They assume that they are drought tolerant. They all bloom in unison in the spring which does make them very compatible but the individuals who have adopted those medians do water them regularly.
Last but not least, the Aspen tree. Aspen trees naturally grow at 8,600 feet. They can grow at this elevation if they are given the right micro-climate. They will do best on the north or east side of the house. They require 10 gallons of water per inch caliper of tree truck per week. Therefore, if you have a clump of three aspen trees each with a tree trunk that is 1” thick, you need to supply that clump 30 gallons of water each week. They also have other issues that require regular attention.
Don’t take gardening too seriously. Plant what you like, not necessarily what your neighbor has. Make sure they get the right light, water and fertilizer conditions as needed. I have customers tell me all the time that I must have the most perfect garden. My husband and I do have the perfect garden. We don’t do much planning, however we usually plant just what is left over in the greenhouse, if anything!