The heat is on with summer not too far away. Summer weather can be rough on your plants, but these suggestions can help you make sure your plants stay healthy over these next few months.
Summer Gardening Tips
Weed once a week. Summertime is when weed seedlings grow very fast almost overnight. Pull them by hand or hoe them before they use the nutrients in the soil that your vegetables, annuals and perennials desperately need.
Feed the roses. Any other heavy feeders should be fed now too and should continually be fed once a month until frost. Most heavy feeders use a lot of soil nutrients to in order to blossom.
Take off remaining spring bulbs that have faded. Remove any seed pods that formed on your daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, etc. By doing so, you are promoting growth underground for next year’s blooms. Leave the foliage and let it die back naturally. This lets the plant feed itself and the parent bulb for next spring.
Remove spent blooms from annuals and perennials. Clip off any dead or faded blooms every week to promote re-blooming and keep the garden looking nice and clean.
Harvest fruits and vegetables regularly. Zucchini and summer squash might need to be harvested every day. Cucumbers and tomatoes need to be watched carefully and mature fruit removed right away so the vines aren’t damaged by the weight. Corn should be harvested when the silk at the ends of the ears is beginning to brown. Blueberries and strawberries should be harvested as the fruits mature. Check them every day.
Don’t forget hanging baskets! Water these every day and clip off any spent blooms or dead foliage. Feed with liquid fertilizer every week. Hanging baskets and container plantings need extra care in the summer heat. They can dry out very quickly, especially around the edges where evaporation happens first because of the shallower soil.
Although it is important to keep your plants hydrated, be sure that you’re not overwatering. If you do, you plants can develop mold or mildew. However, if this does happen, you can treat the problem using Pure 3-Way. This fungicide uses natural ingredients to get your plants thriving once again.