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For many gardeners in the upper Midwest states, June is the best time of the year. The weather is reliably warm, the garden is in full swing, and there is plenty of work to do. June gardening tasks in the upper Midwest region are many, but this is also a great time to enjoy the bounty of the garden and warm summer days.

What Upper Midwest Gardening Looks Like in June

By June in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa, the final frost has passed, and summer is in full swing. Temperatures are rising, the garden is blooming and growing, and it’s not so late in the growing season yet that drought has become an issue.

Your garden to-do list in June will be long and varied. The most important thing to remember this month though is to get on top of chores. If you don’t get started on things like weed pulling and other types of maintenance, your garden can get out of control quickly.

Also, don’t forget to enjoy your garden now. The weather throughout this month is often just right for relaxing outdoors. It’s also a good time of year for entertaining. Show off your hard work and have the neighbors over for a barbecue or outdoor cocktail party.

What to Do in June in the Upper Midwest

Exactly when you get each of these chores done will depend on where you are in the region. In northern Minnesota, for instance, you will be a little behind, while in southern Iowa you may be a little ahead of this list. Of course, some chores should be done throughout the month.

Week One

Week Two

  • Begin pinching back annuals as they grow to 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm.). This will encourage fuller growth.
  • Water beds as needed.
  • Begin second rounds of succession vegetable plantings.

Week Three

Week Four

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.