In this issue:

  1. June in the Garden
  2. Video: How to Save Onion Seeds
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Blackberry Recipes
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Online Pest Control Course

1. June in the Garden – Summer Excitement

When I see winter squash vines wandering into the pathways of my garden, I get a dose of summer excitement. It brings hope and the promise of future harvests to mind and heart. When we watch tomatoes turn color, we can’t help but get excited (and protective). The thought of a Caprese sandwich or fresh tomato slices on everything makes me giddy. Studies show that gardening enhances happiness and health. Summer makes it even better.

This month in the Test Garden, the cucumbers, yard-long beans, and summer squashes have sprouted. Pumpkins are sprawling out into garden pathways, and sweet corn is waist high. We’re gathering green onions seeds (see our latest video below), and picking blackberries. We’re also feeding container plants more often since those roots can’t reach deep for nutrients. It’s time to protect your crops, be they stone fruits, tomatoes, or tender bean vines. Use netting, floating row cover, and cages to keep them safe while they produce. And if your arugula and cilantro are bolting to seed, pinch flowers off to prolong the harvest – and re-seed now!

In this newsletter, you’ll find our latest video about saving onion seeds. And we offer recipe ideas for blackberries. Get into the summer excitement, even if it’s only an herb planter on your windowsill. Enjoy

Happy gardening,


Jarrahdale pumpkins grow through tall corn plants.

2. Video: How to Save Onion Seeds

Watch our latest video for tips on how to save onion seeds

Our latest video walks you step by step through the process of saving onion seeds. It’s easy and free!

YouTube: How to Save Onion Seeds

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Blackberry Recipes

Bennings Green Tint patty pan squash shares a bed with zucchini and yellow crookneck.

Blackberries are in season now. Eat them straight off the canes, or cook them into recipes to savor over time. You can freeze them in a single layer, then store them in a bag in the freezer for later use. Throw them in a spritzer, spoon them over yogurt. The possibilities are endless! Here are some other ideas from the Gardenerd archives that we love:

Blackberry Jam

Blackberry Polenta Cake

Goat Milk Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Sorbet

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Creating a Healthy Garden Pest Control Course

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