The temperature is rising! For a guaranteed successful summer harvest, it’s a good idea to prepare your gardens for the hot summer months ahead!
- Water, Water, Water
Maintaining a consistent watering schedule will ensure that your tomatoes grow gradually rather than in spurts, preventing stretch marks or misshaped tomatoes.
- Stake your tomatoes
Before your tomatoes get too big make sure you support them with tomato cages, so they don’t get weighed down by tomatoes.
Taking time to add an extra layer of straw mulch to your summer gardens will deter common garden weeds such as Johnson grass, Bindweed and Bermuda grass from taking over your garden. At the same time, straw will help keep the water in the garden and keep the plant’s roots cool.
- Summer Garden Pests
Finally, watching out for common garden pests is important to preventing infestations. Look out for wilted blossoms or leaves, droppings around plants, and holes in leaves. Looking on and under leaves, wiping away eggs, and disposing of adult pests, are beneficial ways to keep the garden’s pest numbers down.