There’s something primal in every one of us that responds to spring. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans feel the urge to plant flowers and food crops after a long, cold winter. But as the weeks pass into midsummer, rising heat and fair weather activities can diminish that early drive to get out into the garden. Just when the plants need you most you’ll be off to the beach or a dozen other summer activities.
Once the solstice passes at the end of June, the garden goes into production mode. This is the peak of a vegetable plant’s life cycle that beings with seed germination and ends with seed formation. If you succumb to garden fatigue and neglect them now, your harvest will suffer. But if you follow these simple tips, your garden will live longer, produce far more and remain trouble-free into fall.Mulch: Adjust water: Pick often:
In summer, keep one eye on the weather and the other on your plants. Water more often on hot windy days because this condition draws moisture right out of the leaves. Flood the root zone with water to make sure you don’t lose fruit to dehydration before it ripens.
The majority of failures occur in midsummer due to garden fatigue and neglect. Avoid it by planning on a few minutes of quality time each morning or evening observing your plants. What you see will not only guide you in making appropriate adjustments, you’ll discover those minutes pay off in more ways than you ever imagined.