3 Tips For Your Garden For The Summer

July 10, 2013

Gardening can be a great summer hobby, but it can also be a lot of hard work. If you are planning on keeping a garden this summer, here are a few tips for your garden that should prove useful even if you are a gardening novice.

1. Weed your garden once a week.

Weeds grow very quickly from tiny seedlings to gigantic monsters almost overnight. Not only do these unsightly and unwelcome plants give your garden a messy appearance, they use up space and nutrients that your other plants will need. Fortunately, removing them is relatively easy. Simply pull them out by hand or dig them out with a hoe.

2. Make sure you feed your roses and other heavy feeders once a month until the first frost.

Roses are beautiful plants that can produce some truly impressive blooms, but they also use up a lot of soil nutrients. A regular application of liquid fertilizer will work for most gardens, but those with larger gardens will also want to add some compost as well.

3. Harvest your vegetables regularly.

Vegetable gardens can be a great way for a family to be more self-sufficient in this economy, but few people realize how quickly vegetables can grow. Zucchini and summer squash grows quickly enough that it may need to be harvested once a day, while cucumbers, tomatoes and other fruit should be monitored closely since they can damage their plants if they are left on the vine too long. Harvest corn just as the silk at the ends of the ears is starting to turn brown. Generally speaking, if you are growing vegetables or fruit of any kind, you should be checking it daily.

These are just a few basic tips that should help you keep a healthy, tidy and attractive garden this summer. You should also remember to keep track of how much water your garden is getting since too much water can be just as bad as not enough water, and pinch or clip off any dead blooms from annuals and perennials to keep them healthy and encourage re-blooming.