Five Things To Do In Your Vegetable Garden
For those who grow what they eat, summer is the best time in the garden. A time when your hard work becomes happy harvests! While your garden will be packed full of leafy greens, bountiful blooms producing tomatoes and more, you still need to be on alert for insects, diseases, critters and of course weeds!
Here are my top Five Things To Do In Your Vegetable Garden in summer!
- Keep harvesting herbs, lettuce and kale to encourage production. The more you harvest herbs the healthier they will be! Harvest early crops such as radishes, onions and garlic. Spring-type radishes mature in as little as 3–4 weeks, so if you harvest them too late, they can get tough and lose their taste.
Tip: If you are growing vegetables in containers that bolt in the heat (lettuce, cole plants), consider moving them to cooler, shadier areas on hot days to extend the harvest.
- Use techniques such as succession planting and inter-cropping to make the most of your garden space. Plant your second season summer radishes, spinach, kale or leaf greens (leaf or Boston lettuce).
- Maintain your vegetable garden by thinning seedlings, weeding, watering, and fertilizing. Be careful when thinning and weeding so you do not disturb those plants with shallow roots!
- Protect your crops from critter damage by making the garden unattractive to them. If your garden smells great, tastes great, looks great, or feels great … critters will keep coming, however, if just one of their senses are out of place, your garden may be safe! Look for deterrents that are unappealing to their sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. Some animals will adapt, so consider proper fencing if they are a constant problem in your vegetable garden or use netting for fruit and berry trees.
- Monitor for insects and disease! Always check your food growing garden for signs of insect damage or disease. Treat with insecticidal soap, fungicide or encourage beneficial bugs. Consider removing and discarding any plants that are over 50% damaged by disease or insects — this will reduce the threat of spreading to other plants!
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