Summer is both a blessing and a nightmare for any gardeners. While there is an immense opportunity for greater yield, there is also a ton of jobs to do. Tiresome as it is, but its is necessary as the temperature is arid, the sun is scorching hot and pests are all around the place. Hence, better management and preparation of the garden is the key.
Tip #1: Smart Watering
It goes without saying that effective irrigation system is the backbone of gardening. Ensuring plants are amply watered and moist is important as the process of photosynthesis only occurs through this. Needless to mention that lack of water will result to plant dehydration causing it to die, most especially it’s summer and the heat is becoming more unpredictable. You wouldn’t want all your hard work to be in vain. That is why a good watering schedule is the key! Most ideal time is in the morning when there is less sunlight and less moisture in the air. This prevents the cultivation of mildew and other fungus as well as the retention of water in the soil. Also, it is easier to work compared to noon when the sun is at its peak.
Tip #2: Use Coco Peats
Scientific research has shown that coco peats as medium promote ideal plant growth. As processed residue of the coconut husk, it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals needed by plants such as Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, and Iron. Coco peats also have excellent water absorption. They can hold water 10 times an ordinary soil, minimizing the frequency of watering as well as the hours of effort required to maintain plants and crops. With this you can find more time to do other stuff.
Tip #3: Polish your Pruning skills
Dead leaves and stems are unsightly and parasitic. They compete for water and nutrients and has the potential to breed disease and parasite. You wouldn’t want this in your lawn or backyard garden. Make sure that you prune dead crops, leaves and even branches everyday to ensure optimal growth of your crops and your home. This also helps in beautifying your garden. Creating a good, attractive and habitable place to live with your family.
Tip #4: Everything needs a shade
Too much heat is harmful to everyone, of course even plants! Even if you have a good watering schedule in place, they have a certain limit to heat that they can absorb. Especially now that heat waves and the summer heat is becoming hotter by each summer, you wouldn’t risk your crops as well as the ornamental plants you worked so hard for. A makeshift cover will do, just make sure that plants are shaded. If you have extra budget, then you can invest on an extended roof or structure outside. This doesn’t just serve as the plants’ shade but also a place for you to rest in the afternoon where you drink tea of coffee with your family or friends, or whatever purpose you may see fit.
Tip #5 Weed and mown your lawn
Perhaps the most laborious of all but also equally rewarding. Physically taxing as you need to clean your lawn of any withered leaves and weeds every day. Though once you were able to make your lawn free from it, then it wouldn’t be much of a hassle. If you are consistent this can be rewarding as you can see the natural beauty of your garden in full view. What’s more, the crops that you will harvest, if any, will all be nutritious and bountiful.
Maintaining your garden can be a challenge. But everything lies to consistency and your passion to make your system work for you. Remember it is not about the size nor the varying weather conditions, it all lies to proper planning and sticking to what you have been accustomed to.