Many people look forward to summer so they can plant their summer garden. In addition to being a fun hobby, growing a garden can help you live a healthier lifestyle and reach your nutrition goals.
California Health and Longevity Institute’s Director of Nutrition, Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE, explains, “there is nothing healthier than eating organic, homegrown produce straight from your garden. The less time and distance between you and the food you eat, the more nutrients you are going to get and the healthier your meals will be.”
Whether you have a green thumb or are new to gardening, we’re here with tips to help you make the most out of your summer garden.
How to Keep Up with Your Pandemic Garden
A lot of people started a garden during the pandemic to stave off boredom and increase their access to organic foods. If you created a garden last year, keep it up this year by tilling the soil, adding fertilizer, and re-planting seeds that are not perennials.
If you planted perennial crops or plants last year, then all you need to do this year is keep the soil healthy and your plants watered. Follow the secrets listed below to ensure you have a healthy garden that lasts throughout this summer and into the next growing season.
Secrets to Maintaining a Summer Garden
If you started a garden during the pandemic, you’re off to a great start! Keep your garden going strong throughout the summer and into fall using these tried-and-true methods.
Water regularly, but not too much
You know your plants need water to grow, but that doesn’t mean your plants should be watered constantly. Your best bet is to water early or late in the day to reduce the amount of water that evaporates. During particularly dry spells, you may want to water both early in the morning and later in the evening.
Know what grows best
Be mindful when choosing what you want to plant in your summer garden. Some plants that are easy to grow in the summer include cucumbers, tomatoes, snap peas, bell peppers, and squash.
Plan for weeds
Accept that weeds are a part of the gardening process. Use mulch to try to deter them from growing, and regularly pull weeds from your garden.
Trim your herbs
Herbs are relatively easy to grow, and there’s nothing like adding fresh basil, cilantro, or mint to your meal or beverage. Keep trimming your herbs regularly so they will continue to grow and produce throughout the season (and beyond!)
Think of fertilizer as food for your plants. Adding some fertilizer mid-season can give your plants the additional boost of nutrients they need to grow so you can have a delicious bounty of organic vegetables.
“When it comes to pest control, always consider organic as there are many natural options,” says Lambert. You can even resort to your kitchen for several homemade insecticide recipes.
“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” ~ Allan Armitage, Treehugger.com
Get Inspired by the Experts
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