We are already halfway through the summer, but you have many more weeks to enjoy your garden before the cold settles in. Keep reading for some of our best tips for midsummer gardening.
First of all, keep water in mind! With long dry spells, your plants will need more watering to keep looking their best. For optimal results and to reduce evaporation, keep to early morning or late evening routine.
Next, tackle the weeds to really get a good picture of where your garden is at. You might be surprised at how many spontaneous little growers have popped up since you last looked and they can suck a ton of nutrients away from your planned plants. Put on your gloves, get a tiny garden cultivator and a kneeler, and go to work. Get those weeds out of the soil, remove them, and put them in a compost bin for later use.
Building a DIY compost pile is a quick weekend project with excellent results if you haven’t already done so. Add organic materials such as rotten vegetables, plant trimmings, and leaves to construct a mulch pile that can eventually turn into compost. Compost and mulch will be ready to distribute by the time the last fall harvest has been removed from your garden, boosting the growing areas in preparation for the planting season the following year.
Trimming is also a fantastic idea at this time of year. To maintain the most pleasing appearance of flowers while in bloom, deadhead annual blooms and prune perennials. Herbs and flowers will continue to thrive throughout the summer and even into early fall if you prune them as frequently as possible. Even though it can seem paradoxical, pruning plants with dead flowers encourages the growth of fresh ones, lengthening their growth cycle and ensuring that you have a good spread into the cooler months.
For vegetable producers, summer harvest is undoubtedly the most rewarding time because of the abundance of goodness from your garden. Thinning your root veggies encourages those next to them to grow bigger while also assisting you in getting a head start on your food storage for the winter.
With all the ‘chores’ out of the way you’re ready for the fun part: filling in the holes! Help fill in any extra spaces with our late-season summer planters and six-inch annuals, as well as trees and shrubs. Seeing your garden as it is now is the best opportunity to know where you’ve got to add something new – whether it’s filling a gap or replacing something that hasn’t performed as you had hoped.
And finally, fertilize! It’s a fantastic idea to fertilize your garden in the summer, but remember that you cannot use the same formula on all of your plants—select blends suited for the particular plant or flower you are using. Choose, for instance, a specific combination made for veggies or roses. For optimal results, feed every two weeks throughout the season though you may want to taper off as the season grows to a close to prevent the flowers from attempting to continue blossoming when they should not be.
Do you still need a bit of help with rounding out your summer garden? We’ve got you covered and we’re always happy to help you with the perfect solution.