So it’s the end of the year. So it’s getting colder, and the harvest yield is over. So things have a cold, dismal, wintery feeling. Does that mean you have to let that feeling consume you? Not at all! As a matter of fact, you can use that coldness as an inciting agent toward future developments. Autumn and winter are perfect times to plan your summer garden out.
Obscure Those Autumn Blues
You can go over the previous year, determine what worked, what didn’t, what you want to do, how you are going to go about it, what it’s going to cost, the sort of irrigation you’ll use, and other factors which benefit from being decided early. Following, we’ll go over five tips to help you maximize your summer garden. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity—this is about the preparation part of that little saying.
1. Plan The Layout Of Your Summer Garden In Advance
As you plan the totality of your garden in advance of next year’s summer, additionally put a clear focus on the actual plot of land you’ll use. How much space will you need? What’s the land look like now? How much preparation will the soil need before you actually start planting things? Was last year’s summer garden too large? Downsize. Was it too small? Expand!
Determine what you’re going to need, what you can handle, what you can’t handle, and what you expect it all to look like. Keep a future eye toward how the final product will appear from your house as you look out on the work of your hands in the early morning and waning evening. Also, get advice from other gardeners you trust—like parents, friends, or relatives.
2. Get Plants You Want To Grow For Subconscious Incentive
If you are growing plants that you have some emotional investment in, you’ll be more careful to husband them toward fullest flourish. Plants need water, they need light, they need TLC, and they need some level of dedication.
Whether you’re planting a garden as a means of enhancing the property, or actually growing food, you can find ample plants through this online seed collection.
3. Understand Local Climate To Avoid Natural Times Of Frost
If you’re in Alaska, local frost times will be different than if you’re in California. However, the differences may not be quite so stark as you expect. Different regions have different average times of frost. Use the Farmer’s Almanac. They’ve been 80% accurate in their weather predictions since the late 1700s, and can help you start your summer garden at the right time.
Even the best averages and predictive methods can’t predict every freeze. In Wyoming, it has snowed in July before; and not in the mountains, either. Climate changes naturally, that’s the crux of it. Did you know England used to have vineyards? This was during the Medieval Warm Period. Good luck growing outdoor vineyards in England today!
The best you can do is look up existing literature and define for yourself margins of error. If you plant too late, you’ll additionally pull the rug out from under yourself. In general, you want to plant as early as possible after natural times of frost have wanted.
4. Weeds Love Your Fertilization Efforts; Plan To Control Them
Fertilization won’t only nourish the plants you intend it to. Additionally, you’re going to give food to any transient weeds who decide to root in your plot of land. Plan for this, watch for weeds, pull them as you see them. Weedkiller can work, but there have been health concerns with popular brands like Round-Up owing to glyphosate, so be careful.
5. Properly Nourish Your Garden With The Right Fertilization
Lastly, as you prepare your land for gardening, be careful to fertilize the soil beforehand, and at proper intervals once you’ve got the garden going. Certain plants will grow without much fertilization, but generally, the better you fertilize, the more healthy your summer garden is going to be.
Making Your Garden As Green As Can Be
Gardening isn’t easy, but it isn’t as hard as many believe. There’s much common sense involved, and you need to know the features of the region you’re planning to garden in. Nourish your plot of land with the right fertilizer, watch out for weeds, grow plants you’re interested in, and start your preparation in advance. These steps should help your summer garden grow!
Last updated on December 6th, 2019.