Summer is here! This is always an exciting time in the world, but it’s time to think about that summer heat and what it can do to your garden. Now is the time to worry about too much heat and sun exposure and the toll it can have on the plants. So here are some tips on how to maintenance our summer garden, broken up by categories.
Feeding Our Gardens
- You should feed your plants more now, even if you think you’re safe because you fed them when planting. Our plants will make more for you to enjoy if they are fed well.
- Heavy feeders include tomatoes, peppers, and squash, plus more. As the nickname suggests, these plants need more to eat than most. So, you should feed them with a liquid fertilizer every seven to ten days.
- The fertilizer should be applied in a circle around every plant and make sure to pay attention to the exact amount needed. If you put more, the roots could end up burned. It may even be safer to apply less than what it said. Always water after fertilizing.
- Add compost and organic matter around plants that have a solid foundation just to ensure that they are well established.
- Do not fertilize if you are in a climate going through excessive heat or a drought. This can strain the plants.
Watering Our Gardens
- The majority of gardens should be receiving about an inch to two inches of water every week during the summer time.
- Make sure you water at the roots, and remember that wet leaves are more likely to be stricken with disease.
- Mulch! This is so important because it does a number of things. It will keep the roots cool, it will trap water, and keep weeds from sprouting up and using the plant’s resources.
- Pots dry out quicker than beds do, so try to water everyday if your plants are in a container or pot.
- Consider a soak hose or some other kind of irrigation system to ensure that your garden gets the right amount of water, where it needs it.
- Pests and diseases thrive in a summer garden. First and foremost, make sure you are feeding, watering, and that your plants get enough sun. Basic necessities go a long way.
- Keep your eyes open for pests. If you catch them early, then you prevent a lot of damage from occurring.
- Look for diseased plants, weeds, and whatever else could become infected. Quickly get rid of anything that is sick.
- Do not be working in the garden right after you water, and the plant leaves are wet. This can cause spreading of diseases.
- Some bugs are good!
- Keep garden tools clean.