June is a busy month for the summer sustainable garden. Many of our favorite summer crops are heavy feeders and divas when it comes to soil tilthe. So, we double dig their beds- this includes zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, melons, peppers, and the like. This month we’ve planted a number of these crops, and also transplanted our popcorn bed, which will be interplanted with locally bred and adapted Petaluma Goldrush Beans- and started chard, lettuce, and more basil for the shadier side of the bed. We learned that basil likes a bit of shade in the afternoon and hates wind! Its large delicate leaved quickly desiccated in the windy spot we planted it over a month ago. We’ve also been battling gophers for our onions, tree squirrels for our apricots, and ground squirrels for our rye grain. Aphids have taken a shine to our cabbage. We’ve managed to catch all the gophers causing trouble for the moment, and we’ve been washing our cabbage’s leaves of aphids, but plan to try spraying a salt-free soapy solution (perhaps a grey-water system safe soap) to get the remainder. After this month, we’ll be slowing our pace and tending to the crops we have.