3 Tips for Getting Your Garden Ready for the Summer

May 19, 2016

Preparing your garden for summer is a very exciting and busy time. There are new plants to buy, compost to use, and millions of other things to think about. If you’re feeling a little stressed here are a few ideas about how to manage your garden.

Bug Spray

Creating a homemade, all-natural bug spray is a lot easier than you would think and can help keep your plants safe without hurting the environment. Some pest sprays can be incredibly harmful to plant and animal life in your yard. To avoid poisoning the flora and fauna around you, here is a quick recipe you can use to make your own safe pest spray.

You will need:

  • 3 heads of garlic peeled and separated
  • 4 cups of mint leaves
  • 3 teaspoons of Cayenne pepper
  • 2 to 5 squirts of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap

How to make it:

Mince garlic and mint and add to a pot of water (about 12 cups). Add cayenne and let bring to a boil. Once at a boil, turn down heat and let it sit overnight. The next day, strain and discard plant material and then place liquid in spray bottles. Add Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap.

How to use it:

Shake well before spraying and spray the underside of leaves. Use sparingly and add more to get the desired effects.

Rain barrels

Rain barrels are about 50-gallon drums that trap rainwater from your rain spout. There is a mesh top to help sift debris out of the water and a tap at the bottom. While you can have a filtration system put in place, these rain barrels are a perfect way to save water and use it for watering your plants. If you have a large garden you may want to consider a rain barrel to cut down on costs. They are usually about $50 and pay for themselves by the end of one growing season. These barrels can be lifesavers in a drought and can help keep your yard from flooding.

Coffee Filters

If you have a container garden you may want to put coffee filters in before dirt. This will keep the dirt from falling out and will help drain your plants so their feet stay dry and they stay happy. If you started from seed, then you may want to keep them in a coffee filter for a little longer before planting. This way their roots will have room to grow and the coffee filters will stay wet.