Anyone can have summer garden plants. Whether you are planning to have colorful flowers in your flowerbeds, or just want to have something edible, summer is the perfect time for home gardening. Summer is a season when you can use whatever vegetables, fruit, or flowers you like most, because they are in abundance at this time of the year. There are many different kinds of summer garden plants that can be planted, from fast growing bulbs, to herbaceous perennials and flowering vines. Finding just the right plants for your yard can take some research, but there are many helpful home gardening tips that can help get you started and ensure that your summer garden plants thrive.
Depending on what kinds of plants you plan on planting (and consuming!) in your summer garden, you will want to be certain that you choose the right spot for your new plants to thrive during the warm months. For instance, if you are planning to have a fruit garden, you will want to have at least 6 hours of sunny light each day. If you plant anything else, such as an herb garden, it will be necessary to place them in a shaded area of your yard where the sun will never reach them. During spring, however, when the ground is extremely cold and unpredictable, your plants will be even more vulnerable to damage from freezing rain and extreme cold. For this reason, you should place any summer garden plants in a protected area of your yard, away from trees and other potential sources of damage.
In contrast to summer garden plants that are more delicate than fall flowers, fall crops, such as pumpkins, squash, or gourds, are more likely to suffer damage from frost and cold during the winter months. Even a relatively small amount of frost can kill a large pumpkin or squash, reducing the amount and quality of its fresh produce. Although you may not be able to freeze your home vegetable garden during the winter, you should check with your local extension office before you begin any planting for the spring season. They can provide you with valuable information about how best to protect your home’s vegetable garden against the risks of frost and how to spot early signs of trouble such as damaged leaves or unhealthy plants.
The temperature that your home’s vegetable garden needs to withstand to thrive is different than those needed by other plants. If you are planting summer garden plants in a covered container, you should place the container’s soil at the right depth and temperature for that plant to grow optimally. You should also follow the same watering guidelines for the specific plants for each season, taking note of the rainfall, temperatures, and other variables that may impact plant survival. Plants that are highly susceptible to diseases or pests will need to be re-evaluated after planting, and some varieties of vegetables and herbs will require different fertilization and watering schedules.
You should make a schedule for your planting of summer garden plants, taking into consideration the type of climate, soil conditions, and planting locations for each type of crop. For instance, planting lettuce in the late winter will give your home garden the needed nutrition to withstand the frost it will experience in the coming months. Choosing the appropriate plants, transplanting them, and preparing the soil is another important part of preparing for planting. You should always work in the direction of getting the most out of your gardening efforts, and by researching different plants, varieties, and methods of cultivation, you can accomplish that.
Some plants can be very delicate, and their roots may require special watering instructions for each season. In addition to following the watering recommendations on the plant’s seed package, you should always water your summer garden plants properly between waterings. Watering too often or too little will cause your plants to become stressed, which could lead to poor flowering or growth.
Another step in proper plant care is making sure you are using the correct fertilization and soil preparation. Fertilizer recommendations should be based on the needs of your particular species of summer garden plants, their location, and the amount of water they need per week. For example, plants that are planted in full sun should receive fertilizer recommendations of five to ten pounds of nitrogen per acre, per water supply. These amounts are for an area that is approximately three times greater than the size of the plant in question.
One of the most important gardening tips for planting summer garden seeds is that you should plan your planting so that they will be able to acclimatize themselves to the new climate before you have the opportunity to freeze. If you plan your planting for the last frost, or when temperatures are expected to freeze, you should make certain that your seedlings have already been prepared to handle the changes that they will go through. This includes preparing the soil, tilling it, burying the seeds deeply enough to protect them, and providing them with adequate protection from the wind. Once you have chosen the plants that you want, you should then begin preparing your garden for the last frost.