Well, who look who finally decided to show up: summer! After a seemingly endless spring (where we even had rain again!), the warm weather has started to come around. I hope you’re ready to wake up sweating!
But the summer is one of the most important times for your vegetable garden as well. This is when temperatures are the hottest and water is at its most scarce. And if you don’t take steps to prepare and care for your vegetables during the sweltering heat, there will be consequences. Do you want your veggies to turn out like this? I think not.
Here’s how to prep your vegetable garden for summer:
- Ensure the Veggies are Strong
We’re talking about fertilization. Fertilizer is a smart idea for any garden, and it’s best to do it in the spring. The plants are still gaining strength during this time, and the fertilizer will help them build a strong foundation of roots for the summer. Just don’t use too much; you can actually “burn” the plants by over-fertilizing, and that’s bad for growth.
- Provide Ample Watering – But Don’t Overdo That, Either
You can overfeed anything, really – pets, plants and children all have specific amounts they should be consuming. And if you overdo it, you’re going to drown the vegetables and stunt their growth; or worse. So take it easy on the watering. And if your vegetable garden begins to suffer and show signs of being dry, don’t try to “water it back to life.” Basically, don’t think you can fix the water problems now. That ship has sailed; you’ll have to prepare better next year.
- Be Tough on Weeds
Weeds are annoying and ugly, but let’s pretend you liked them. Even if you thought weeds were a nice addition to the garden, they’re still troublesome. Because weeds are greedy, and they’ll steal precious soil space, sunlight and nutrients from your plants. That’s why you need to pull them out regularly, and use weed killer if you like. Weeds will only harm your garden.