It’s time to transition our gardens from spring to summer. These 5 tips can keep your garden thriving this summer so you can have a great harvest.
Gardening in the spring is great. You have cooler days mixed with warmer days. There’s a sprinkle of rain here and there. For the most part, you plant and let nature take over.
But as the warmer months approach there are a few things you can do to keep your garden thriving. Because who wants to put in all the work of planting to have it fizzle out in the heat.
In our zone 8 garden spring is usually pretty mild. We have a few hot days here and there, mixed with rainy days and sunny days. Perfect weather for growing.
I plant and check on my garden every couple of days and it keeps growing and growing for the most part.
But as the summer months approach, I have to change my gardening approach too. As the weather changes so do the needs of the garden.
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With the tips below you can keep your garden thriving in the summer. As well as see what the other Tuesdays in the Garden bloggers are sharing this week. We are all sharing summer gardening tips so you can keep your garden growing great this summer.
How to Keep Your Garden Thriving in the Summer
1. Change Your Watering Schedule
In the spring with rain that comes every few days, there isn’t much watering to be done. But as the rain gets less, you need to water more.
When the rain stops and summer heats up, I’ll change to watering more often and more deeply.
We have a sprinkler system set up in our raised beds. I hook up the hose, turn it on and come back in about an hour. To see how much I’ve watered.
To check the rate of water my garden is getting I place a few rain gauges in the garden. When they hit 1 inch of water, I’m done watering.
I also like having them in the garden so I can see just how much water the garden has gotten when it rains. So I know if I need to water or not.
I try to give my garden an inch of water a week. But I will check it every few days to make sure the soil under the surface is moist.
On really hot intense summer weeks I might need to water like this twice a week if the garden soil is drying out.
2. Keep the Water in the Soil with Mulch
When you water you want to make sure all that moisture is available for your plants to use and doesn’t just evaporate back into the air.
When you lay down a layer of mulch you can block the evaporation process and keep more moisture where you want it in the soil.
You can use organic mulch, such as grass clippings, straw or inorganic material like plastic and landscape fabric to help keep the water in the garden during those hot summer days.
3. Keep Weeds Down in the Garden
Another way to keep your garden thriving is to keep the weeds down. When your garden has a lot of weeds they can steal the precious nutrients out of the soil and hog the water too.
Leaving your plants with less than they need to thrive. But there are a few things you can do to keep the weeds down in the garden.
If you have weeds, weed regularly. I don’t mean you have to spend a whole Saturday weeding, but instead, spend a few minutes as you are coming and going by the garden and pull a couple of weeds you see each time. It can really cut down on the weeds in the garden.
Mulch to keep the weeds down. Mulching not only helps with water conservation but it can make a barrier to keep the weeds down too.
4. Feed Your Garden
To keep your garden growing well it needs the right nutrients. You can supply what your plants need using fertilizers, organic fertilizers or with organic matter.
In our garden, we add a nice deep layer of compost to the top of our garden soil. This year I purchased mushroom compost. At first, I was unhappy because it contained lots of straw. It didn’t look like the mushroom compost I’d purchased in the past.
But to my surprise, it has worked well. It is feeding our garden and mulching the gardening at the same time.
These two ways to boost the nutrients in our garden work well to keep our plants thriving.
5. Harvest Regularly
As the growing season goes on, you have to allow time to harvest regularly. I usually look over our garden every morning to see what is ready to be harvested.
When you take the time to harvest regularly, your plants will keep producing. Plants like peas and beans need to be harvested to keep them producing well. I know when I’m good about harvesting each day or every few days my plants keep flowering and keep producing.
Those are my 5 tips to keep your garden thriving this summer. I hope these summer gardening tips can help your garden keep producing for you well all season with the least amount of work for you.
This week the other Tuesday in the Garden Bloggers are sharing their summer gardening tips. To see what they have to offer, just click on the photos below.
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