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How To Transition Your Garden From Spring To Summer

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Summer is coming up, and we want to make sure you have your garden prepared for the dry weather. Embrace the seasonal shift in your garden with soil prep, planting, and TLC. Here's to nurturing growth, one bloom at a time!

  1. Clean Up

Start by removing any dead plants, weeds, and debris from your garden beds. This prevents pests and diseases from lingering and gives your new plants space to grow without competition.

2. Soil Preparation

Test your soil pH and amend it as needed to ensure it's within the optimal range for your plants. Adding compost, aged manure, or other organic matter improves soil structure, fertility, and drainage. Work these amendments into the top few inches of soil

3. Planting

Choose plants that thrive in the warmer temperatures of Summer. Consider factors like sunlight requirements, spacing, and growth habits when planning your garden layout. Plant seedlings or seeds according to spacing guidelines, and water them well immediately after planting to help them establish roots.

4. Mulching

Applying a later of organic mulch, such as shredded bark, straw, or compost, around your plants. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulates soil temperature, keeping the roots cool during hot summer days.

5. Watering

Water deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance in your plants. Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and minimize the risk of fungal diseases. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the base of the plants while minimizing water waste.

6. Fertilizing

Monitor your plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies, such as yellowing leaves or stunted growth. Apply a balanced fertilizer or a specialized fertilizer formulated for specific types of plants, following the instructions on the label. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to nutrient imbalances and environmental pollution.

7. Pest and Disease Management

Inspect your plants regularly for signs of pests, such as chewed leaves, holes, or insect activity. Identify any pests or diseases present in your garden and choose appropriate control methods, such as handpicking, biological controls, insecticidal soap, or neem oil. Practice good garden hygiene by removing plant debris and fallen fruit to reduce pest and disease pressure.

By paying attention to these details and providing proper care, you can ensure a successful transition from Spring to Summer in your garden, with healthy, thriving plants that produce an abundant harvest.

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