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Almanac Companion Newsletter
May 31, 2011

The Month of June

June is named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and women.

Since ancient times, cultures have adopted June as the perfect time for revelry, weddings, and feasts. On the eve of Midsummer Day, June 24, people from Scandinavia to North Africa celebrate the summer solstice with parties and bonfires. (See our Seasons page for summer solstice information.)

June offers the most hours of daylight of any month of the year. (See your day length and sunrise/set times.) For farmers and gardeners, this is a great boon, allowing them to concentrate on their fields and flowers. One old proverb says, “Calm weather in June sets corn in tune.”

Folk wisdom tells us that all of the plants will catch up by the end of the month regardless of how early we got them in the ground!

See more Seasonal Advice for June with the key calendar dates, recipes, gardening tips, folklore, and more tips for the month.

Quick Clicks

New! Free Garden Plans!
Perennial Flower Garden Plan
Foliage Garden Plan
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Browse more garden plans.

Expert Advice

Onion skins for health (and more)
Don’t toss out those beautiful skins before you’ve put them to use. For your health! Recent research confirms that the outer skins of onions have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers. Toss a whole onions, scales and all, into the pot next time you make soup, put a stew into the slow cooker, or cook rice. Learn more—and other uses for onion skin. See Down Home Blog.

Plant Sale

Gardening Blog

Plant sales are fertile hunting grounds for the unusual and inexpensive. Doreen inspires us with the gems and low prices she found. See this week’s Gardening Blog.

And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven,
I know in my heart it is June.

–Abba Goold Woolson (1838–1921)


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