Summer garden tips

Written by Adam Boddy   Date Posted: 1 December 2012 

Summer is one of the best times to be a gardener, it's the time of year that we get to reap the rewards of all our hard work.  Plants grow so fast you can see them changing day to day and harvests are bountiful.  Summer can also be a lot of work though, here are some tips to make your life a little easier:

 

Summer Garden

 

Mulch

Mulching plants can be very beneficial not only does it shield the roots of a plant from the extremes in weather, it locks in moisture, keeps the weeds down and improves the soil quality.  When mulching the vegetable garden make sure to choose a mulch that breaks down quickly like pea straw or lucerne.  This is simply because other mulches like wood chips or pine bark take a long time to decompose and can hinder the growth of plants if dug into the soil.

 

Freshly Muched Eggplant

 

Watering

- Water regularly but try and keep it even over time to encourage uniform growth.

- Once a plant is established give more water less often to encourage deeper root growth.

- Watering in the morning before the sun touches your garden is best and reduces the risk of disease.

- If your soil forms a crust make sure you break it to allow the water to penetrate more easily.

 

Keep on top of weeds

At this time of year weeds grow so fast they can overrun your garden.  The trick is to keep on top of them.  Hoeing is probably one of the easiest methods.  Scratch the surface of the soil around plants to disturb young weeds before they have the chance to establish themselves.  Doing this regularly almost removes the need to do any 'real' weeding.  It'll save you time and your back and knees will thank you!

 

Hoe

 

Transplant on cooler days

Transplanting can be very stressful for a plant, so give your plants the best chance by transplanting on cooler days and late in the day.  

 

Pick flowers and vegetables regularly

Picking flowers, fruit and vegetables regularly encourages more growth and reduces the risk of attracting pests to the garden.

 

What to sow now

There are plenty of choices to sow in summer.  Check out our sowing chart for what to sow in your climate.

 

Summer Garden Tips

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Comments (1)

RE: Summer garden tips
By: on 17 March 2016
Godd information for people who are just learning about the garden.