Getting Your Summer Garden Started
Planning a summer garden is fun!
However, before you go invest time and money there are few things we learned the hard way we would like to share with you to help you grow a successful garden.
Through trial and error we know what works and what does not in our small backyard garden.
Growing anything is a journey and it is also a lot of experimentation as well.
You have to be willing to put in the time and try new things, which is part of the growing adventure.
Let’s get to the skinny on the things that worked, what did not work and the lessons we learned along the way.
Check out our latest video on summer lessons learned in the garden:
Six Things That Did Not Work in the Garden
Here are some lessons we learned not to do with a Summer Garden:
- Don’t wait to obtain the vegetable seeds you want to plant, start purchasing in November so you can germinate in February and plant after your last frost date in March
- Get an early start, if you wait to plant later in the Spring you will not be able to maximize on the long full season of growth and harvest
- Mix in amendments to your soil, such as peat moss and cow manure to provide more of an airy soil that will contain better moisture and fertilize your plants throughout their growth
- If in a hot area provide a sunshade above your garden to protect your plants from being sunburned and killing them too early
- Grow longer through succession planning by germinating seeds within different weeks of each other
- Rotate your crops within your garden to provide a different growing space
Late Summer Vegetables that thrived in the Garden
We found the following plants grew better in full sun:
The following plants thrived more in partial sun:
Be sure to look at your seeds packets to pick the best time to grow in your zone.
Items that Were a Success in the Garden
Things that worked in our summer garden:
–compost at the 1/3 of our raised beds helped to provide airy pockets for the roots of the plants to grow, nutrients and moisture during the hot summer days
–spraying fish fertilizer was a great organize fertilizer the plants and helped to ward off unwanted pests
–placing flower plants on the corners of raised beds helped to be a source for beneficial pollinators to visit and pollinate our vegetables
With these lessons learned, we can’t wait to get started for Fall gardening and planning for next year’s summer harvest!