So summer is here again. Summer is a time that we don't normally think of as much when it comes to gardening, but it's a time that can really help your garden get to the next level if you plan correctly.
Here are 3 tips for summer gardening to keep you busy over the next few months.
Slugs are one of the top reasons summer gardens never reach their full glory. Luckily, there's a fun, natural way to keep them away: beer traps.
Here's how to make one.
You'll need: sharp scissors, plastic bottle, wire/cable or duct tape, and of course, beer.
Take the scissors and cut through the bottle about 2/3 of the way up the cylinder. Then turn the top of the bottle upside down and place inside the bottom. Poke holes through each side and attach the wire (or duct tape) to hold the top of the bottle in place above the bottom of the bottom half.
Partially fill the bottle with beer and half-bury it in the ground in your garden.
The slugs, like many humans, won't be able to pass up the delicious beer and will come to smell/drink it only to fall into the bottle and drown.
As the end of summer approaches, kick back, relax and don't forget to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
2. Plant these cold weather edibles later in summer
End of summer is a fantastic time to put plants that grow during the cold-weather months into your garden. As the summer heat breaks, it's the perfect time to plant things like lettuce, spinach, and cauliflower. These plants grow quickly and can be harvested during fall if planted in late summer. They will make your garden a year round success!
3. Enjoy the summer crop
If you're gardening tomatoes, zucchini, peppers or even corn, then you've put in the hard work in the spring and now it's just time to make sure you see these plants through to a ripe harvest. In early summer, make sure you adjust to the weather patterns in your region, as your plants will need different amounts of water and pruning in early summer. As you get that down, make sure to maintain monitoring your plants periodically to see if there are any other adjustments needed.