Summer Gardening Tips

Summer is right around the corner with its warm weather and long, leisurely days.  Many people plan to work more outdoors, taking care of their lawns and planting in their gardens.  If you are a gardener with massive plans or if you just plan to tinker around a bit in your garden, we have some gardening tips for you that you may find interesting.  We have divided our tips up in to four major categories: preparation, planting, maintaining, and reaping the rewards. 

Preparation     

The first thing that is a very important step to producing a prosperous garden is to do a little preparation.  Whether you are thinking about a flower garden or a vegetable garden, you must first prepare the space that you plan to place your plants.  If you have a flower bed, some plant containers, or part of your entire yard that you plan to use for your garden, you must first clear out any old plants that are still present in the area, and you should prepare the dirt.  If there is an abundance of old, dried out, or insect ridden dirt, you should remove as much dirt as you can and replace it with nutrient-enriched dirt.  It is also important to check for proper drainage systems in the garden space that you are preparing.

Planting

Once your space is prepared, decide which plants you would like to grow.  For flower gardens, some popular summer choices are dahlias, marigolds, zinnias, and lantanas.  Of course, depending on your location, there may be other specific flowers you might wish to investigate. 

As for vegetable gardens, some easy-to-grow, hardy plants are tomato plants (obviously), pepper plants, and squash plants.  All of these vegetable plants usually have good success, as far as being strong plants and bearing a multitude of fruits.  Once planted with the appropriate amount of spacing, maintenance of the garden is all that is needed.  Be sure to check out our previous post about how to grow your own tomatoes.

Maintenance

Maintenance is the next step in having a successful garden this year.  It’s vital to keep an eye on all of your plants on a routine basis.  Routine watering, de-weeding, and fertilizing are all very important roles in order to have flourishing flowers or vegetable plants.  It is also important to keep an eye out for infestations of insects that like to eat off of plant leaves or fruits.  There are many products on the market that can help alleviate the presence of pesky insects. 

Your local nursery is a good resource for pointing you in the right direction for the best products for your specific needs.  If you are a traveler during the summertime, it is also important to find or hire someone that can care for your garden while you are away.  All plants need attention at least every 3 or 4 days.

Reap the Rewards

Lastly, make sure to sit back and reap the rewards of your summer garden.  If you planted a flower garden for the summer, place a chair or a bench close by so you can enjoy the beauty of the summer blossoms.  They only share their beauty for a few short months and we should savor their elegance while they last.  If you decided to plant a vegetable garden, then bask in the fresh flavor of your vegetables as you prepare homemade meals with the mature fruits.

Whichever type of garden you have, or if you decided to have multiple gardens, remember the four simple categories that are listed here: preparation, planting, maintaining, and reaping your rewards.  If you follow these easy steps, your garden will treat you to a rewarding summer of beauty and nutrition.