Making Your Summer Garden Grow
For as long as
there have been gardens there has been some degree of garden envy.
Whether the garden is made of flowers, plants, or vegetables, there
always seems to be one garden that is more prolific, greener, more
colorful, or yields more food. Whatever you are envious of in the
gardens of others, chances are that if you take the proper time to
learn about the placement of the plants, the optimal growing
conditions for each plant, preferred soil treatments for each
plant, and best case scenarios when it comes to sunlight and
watering for the plants in your summer garden you could create a
summer garden to rival the best in your locale no matter what you
happen to be growing.
Of course it requires a great deal of time, effort, and energy
to become the absolute best and your efforts may be best suited
into making small improvements each year in your summer garden
rather than creating a massive overhaul that may burn you out on
your summer garden all together. That being said, you may find some
of the information below useful when working with your summer
garden to help it become the best it can possibly be.
The first thing you need to do is check to see what regulations
exist in your state in regards to plant food. Your local county
extension office is often a good place to turn for information
regarding these particular regulations as they exist not only for
plant food but any other restrictions that may be in place for
adjusting the soil in your summer garden. Once you have the
information in hand you might want to test the pH in your own soil
to see what kind of conditions you currently have and what, if any,
adjustments need to be made before planting.
You should also make sure you are aware that every decision you
make in regards to your summer garden will affect the yield and
output to some degree but no matter how carefully you plan there
will always be events that are beyond your control. This summer
alone we are seeing record rainfalls in part of the country that
have flooded and devastated crops while experiencing frighteningly
low rainfall in other parts of the country and a very real drought
in parts of the heartland that are responsible for much of the corn
and soybean production for the nation. Stuff happens and for this
reason the best of plans can easily go astray.
With this in mind, plan your garden carefully around the things
mentioned above. Each plant will have its very own needs that must
be met for optimal growth and yield. If those needs are not met
chances are you will still have a plant but it will not provide the
best possible flowers, the most vegetables, or the greenest leaves.
If average is your goal then some care is needed but not as much as
if your goal was to create and grow blue ribbon winning vegetables
or flowers and that isn't everyone's goal when it comes to creating
a summer garden.
Keep the local
laws in mind when fertilizing and feeding your flowers and plants,
avoid using pesticides that could be harmful electing instead to go
with methods of pest control that are more natural and humane, this
is particularly important when planting vegetables as you do not
want to expose your children to potentially harmful chemicals that
may be used as pesticides. Grow according to the needs of the plant
and within the limits of the space you have for gardening. This
means that if you only have shady space available for your summer
garden choose flowers, plants, and/or vegetables, that thrive in
shady conditions rather than those that need copious amounts of
sunlight. More importantly, plant according to those things you
wish to include in your garden. It is there for your pleasure after
all; you may as well get as much pleasure as possible from it. That
often makes it grow best at any rate.