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Early Summer Gardening Tips
Summer is a great time to get out of the house and into the garden. There are a variety of different aspects of the garden to which to tend. From lovely flowers to leafy greens, edible herbs to succulent fruits, your summer garden is certain to leave an impression.
At the beginning of the summer, it is important to keep your plants hydrated. If you are going to use a sprinkler system, be sure to check watering times and permitted duration with your local water district. A smart alternative to a strict watering schedule is a drip irrigation system. The water is applied at a lower pressure closer to the roots and base of the plants, which allows for less evaporation in the summer heat and longer application periods.
Pruning is a necessary way to keep your plants happy and healthy. It is important to remove dead or endangered limbs in addition to thirty percent of the overcrowded stems. Cutting down on the height of your plants will provide stable and strong vegetation, and removing stems that are rubbing others raw will keep your plants sturdy.
Weeds can be a huge problem for gardens. They can slip into the soil and steal the nourishment from your lovely flora. It is imperative to pull the weeds you find in your planters and discard them into the garbage; and do not forget to completely pull up the roots, otherwise you will find yourself back where you started. To keep the pesty plants away, use weed killer to destroy the remnants. Vinegar is a natural, home recipe used to kill weeds. It is fast and effective; however, it could possibly end up killing any living plant it touches, so perhaps it is best to only utilize this natural alternative in an emergency case. Be sure to keep an eye on your garden and be sure to discard any arising weeds.
Summer is a popular time for swarms of little pests to attack and feast on your flora. From aphids to ants, beetles to slugs, many problems face vegetation under the sun. It is best to target them at the beginning of the summer to deter any invading bugs. Those such as cucumber beetles and tomato horn worms can simply be picked off and discarded; ladybugs and praying mantises are capable of keeping away some harmful insects; slugs can be deterred by barriers of rocks or eggshells. It is a simple solution to use bug spray, but be sure to check the ingredients on the bottle to make sure there are not any harmful chemicals that could potentially damage your garden.
Planting rows of seedlings is a way to create a physically appealing border to a path or even a garden. Preparation should usually begin around early spring, but it is never too late to indulge in a neat and lovely yard. Section off the area for your seedlings with a couple layers of newspaper strips and scatter the seeds atop seedling trays. Cover the saplings with a moist paper towel and continue to dampen it. This will hold in the moisture and promote sprouting, while keeping the temperature stable in the chilly spring air. In early summer, it is safe to remove the seedling trays and place them either around the garden or beside your path. Once the trays have been covered with patted-down soil, your rows will be free to flourish.
Summer is a time of thriving fruits and vegetables. Take a bit of time over the course of a couple days to harvest from the plants. Before the fruit completely ripens, be sure to keep it hydrated but not too moist, as this may ruin your harvest; on the other hand, if they get too dry, they may try to seed too quickly. Your natural, tasty greens and fruits are perfect for summer salads and quick snacks. Children will also enjoy watching the plants grow into something the whole family can enjoy together.
During the summer months, it is very important to keep gardens hydrated and well-nourished. At the beginning of the summer, try your best to clear the plant community of any factors that may contribute to an unhealthy continuation, including weeds and harmful insects. Tending the garden can be a fun activity for one person or an entire family, so jump right in and enjoy your time in the sun!