The dog days of summer are here. High temps and humidity are routine and tips and tricks to escape the heat are welcomed. Humans aren’t the only ones feeling the HEAT though. While sunshine and warm temperatures are welcomed by the plants and vegetables in your garden, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Help your garden thrive this summer with some helpful tips below.
Before the summer heat begins, make sure your flowers, veggies, fruits and herbs are planted and established in the ground or their planters. Be sure to use fertilizer when planting and water frequently to help your plants start off growing strong!
Put pine straw or mulch around your plants to keep water from evaporating from the soil.
Water your garden in mornings before the temps rise or in the evening as the temperatures start to cool down. This will also help with evaporation and can keep your water bill down!
Provide shade for plants that can’t take a full day’s worth of sun.
Control weeds. Don’t let weeds take precious nutrients from your garden.
Know your crops. Plant perennials or veggies that do well in warm weather. Sweet potatoes, hot peppers, green beans, okra, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, corn, melons all grow nicely in the summer months.
Stay cool and keep these helpful hints to mind so your garden can survive the summer!