June Homesteading Chores by USDA Zone

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June Homesteading Chores by USDA Zone - The New Homesteader's Almanac

June Homesteading Chores

These homesteading chores are intended as a general guideline. Most homesteaders will need to adjust their activities according to their local climate and conditions. For information tailored to your area, consult your local extension office.

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USDA Zone 1

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -60 to -55F in zone 1a
  • -55 to -50F in zone 1b

June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Allow livestock out on pasture
  • Incubate fertile eggs or order day-old poultry from a hatchery
  • Plant cool season crops such as kale, collards, and mustard for livestock fodder
  • Check fence lines for needed repairs and signs of predators
  • Be on call for livestock birthing, clean and check bottles and first aid kit
  • Make birch syrup when days are warm and nights are cold


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Finish preparing garden beds
  • Harvest cool season crops from cold frames
  • Transplant cool season crops to garden beds
  • Begin hardening off your warm season seedlings, be prepared to move indoors when frost threatens
  • Plant potatoes and onion sets in garden beds
  • Plant potted trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Fertilize and report houseplants

USDA Zone 2

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -50 to -45F in zone 2a
  • -45 to -30F in zone 2b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Allow livestock out on pasture
  • Incubate fertile eggs or order day-old poultry from a hatchery
  • Begin moving young poultry to the chicken coop when they are ready
  • Plant field crops when soil is warm and dry
  • Repair fencing and check for signs of predators
  • Be on call for livestock birthing, clean and check bottles and first aid kit


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Finish preparing garden beds
  • Harvest cool season crops
  • Transplant warm season crops when temperatures are warm enough
  • Direct seed warm season crops when temperatures are warm enough
  • Plant potatoes and onion sets in garden beds
  • Plant potted trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Fertilize and repot houseplants

USDA Zone 3

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -40 to -35F in zone 3a
  • -35 to -30F in zone 3b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Incubate fertile eggs or order day-old poultry from a hatchery
  • Begin moving young poultry to the chicken coop when they are ready
  • Allow livestock out on pasture
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Finish planting field crops when soil is warm and dry
  • Repair fencing and check for signs of predators
  • Be on call for livestock birthing, clean and check bottles and first aid kit


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Finish preparing garden beds
  • Harvest cool season crops
  • Transplant warm season crops when temperatures are warm enough
  • Direct seed warm season crops when temperatures are warm enough
  • Plant potatoes and onion sets in garden beds
  • Clean up cool season crop beds and plant cover crops or heat tolerant crops at the end of the month
  • Plant potted trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Grow herbs and houseplants outdoors in a shady spot

USDA Zone 4

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -30 to -25F in zone 4a
  • -25 to -20F in zone 4b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Allow livestock out on pasture
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Cultivate and irrigate field crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Finish preparing garden beds
  • Harvest cool season crops
  • Transplant warm season crops early this month
  • Direct seed warm season crops early this month
  • Finish planting early season potatoes and onion sets in garden beds
  • Clean up cool season crop beds and plant cover crops or heat tolerant crops at the end of the month
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Grow herbs and houseplants outdoors in a shady spot

USDA Zone 5

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -20 to -15F in zone 5a
  • -15 to -10F in zone 5b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Allow livestock out on pasture
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Cultivate and irrigate field crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Transplant last of warm-season crops to garden beds early in the month
  • Begin planning fall garden and order seeds for cool season crops
  • Clean up cool season crop beds and plant cover crops or heat tolerant crops
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Grow herbs and houseplants outdoors in a shady spot

USDA Zone 6

Average Low Temperatures:

  • -10 to -5F in zone 6a
  • -5 to 0F in zone 6b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Cultivate and irrigate field crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Begin planning fall garden and order seeds for cool season crops
  • Clean up cool season crop beds and plant cover crops or heat tolerant crops
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Grow herbs and houseplants outdoors in a shady spot
calendula attracts pollinators

USDA Zone 7

Average Low Temperatures:

  • 0 to 5F in zone 7a
  • 5 to 10F in zone 7b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Pasture livestock
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Harvest oat crop and winter wheat when ready
  • Irrigate and cultivate crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary
  • Cut, split, and store firewood
  • Work on building projects when the weather allows

June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Begin planning fall garden and order seeds for cool season crops
  • Clean up cool season crop beds and plant cover crops or heat tolerant crops
  • Mulch garden crops, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Cultivate and irrigate garden crops as needed
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials as needed
  • Grow herbs and houseplants outdoors in a shady spot
White leghorns provide eggs

USDA Zone 8

Average Low Temperatures:

  • 10 to 15F in zone 8a
  • 15 to 20F in zone 8b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Pasture livestock
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Harvest oat crop and winter wheat
  • Irrigate and cultivate crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary
  • Cut, split, and store firewood
  • Work on building projects when the weather allows


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Plan fall garden and order seeds for cool season crops
  • Tend and harvest warm-season vegetables
  • Harvest garden crops
  • Water newly planted fruit trees, shrubs, hardy perennials, and roses
  • Provide extra water for all crops in drought
  • Mulch plants to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Grow herbs and houseplants in a shady spot outdoors

USDA Zone 9

Average Low Temperatures:

  • 20 to 25F in zone 9a
  • 25 to 30F in zone 9b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Pasture livestock
  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Harvest oat crop and winter wheat
  • Irrigate and cultivate crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary
  • Cut, split, and store firewood
  • Work on building projects when the weather allows


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Begin planning your fall garden
  • Plant heat-tolerant crops
  • Harvest garden crops
  • Till beds where cool season crops grew and prepare for fall crops or plant cover crops
  • Tend warm-season herbs, vegetables, and flowers and provide extra water in hot dry weather
  • Mulch plants to prevent moisture loss from soil
  • Grow herbs and houseplants in a shady spot outdoors
  • Watch for signs of disease and pests in fruit, vegetable, and field crops and treat when needed
cherry tomatoes work well in a community garden

USDA Zone 10

Average Low Temperatures:

  • 30 to 35F in zone 10a
  • 35 to 40F in zone 10b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Cultivate and irrigate field crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Begin planning your fall garden
  • Clean up spring beds
  • Plant heat-tolerant crops
  • Harvest garden crops
  • Protect crops with shade cloth when needed
  • Check citrus trees for pests
  • Water citrus trees, fruit trees, shrubs, hardy perennials, and vegetable garden as needed
  • Move herbs and houseplants to shady spots and water often in the heat or move indoors
June Homesteading

USDA Zone 11

Average Low Temperatures:

  • 40 to 45F for zone 11a
  • 45 to 50F for zone 11b


June Homesteading – Farm Chores

  • Provide livestock with shade and extra water in hot weather
  • Poultry need shade and extra water in hot weather to continue laying eggs
  • Check livestock often for signs of heat distress
  • Put up hay as weather allows
  • Cultivate and irrigate field crops as needed
  • Check field crops for insect damage, treat as necessary


June Homesteading – Garden Chores

  • Begin planning your fall garden
  • Clean up spring beds and plant heat-tolerant crops
  • Harvest vegetables and preserve
  • Water and weed herbs, vegetables and flowers in garden beds
  • Water newly planted mangoes, avocados, papayas as needed
  • Water, weed and mulch beds
  • Check citrus trees for pests
  • Grow herbs and houseplants in shade and water often in drought, or move indoors
  • Check for pests and hand pick or spray as needed

Notes: Within each USDA Zone, there are many different micro-climates and variations in frost free dates, average low temperatures, and average high temperatures. Visit the Interactive USDA Zone Map for the most accurate information about your local conditions.

The information listed here is intended to give a general guideline to appropriate homesteading activities for your area. Each individual using these guidelines must determine if the information is accurate for their conditions.

 

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4 comments on “June Homesteading Chores by USDA Zone

  1. Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie

    Oh, I love this Lisa! What a great blog post!
    Over here in zone 8a, we’re starting to get hotter weather, and I’m going to have to start providing more shade for the farm animals.
    This is also our first year gardening, so I’m still a newbie, but learning as we go 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    -Cherelle

    Reply
  2. Catherine Liesenfeld

    This is fantastic! Such a handy reference for homesteaders and gardeners everywhere as you reference all the USDA Zones. This list is perfect on what to do and when to do it…….Really appreciate your effort here. I am sharing this one…..Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Thank you so much, Catherine! I’m working on a reference like this for each month of the year and when I have that complete I plan to create a reference for the entire year for each zone in the USA. I wish that we had zones like this for the entire world!

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

      Reply

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