As the temperatures rise, never lose hope on your summer garden! Your favorite flowers and vegetables can still have a fruitful season. All you need to do to maintain the natural beauty and keep your garden flourishing is to get outdoors and work on your garden more often than not. This way, you can keep a happy and healthy summer garden growing well into fall. All you need to do is plan, prioritize, and re-think your to-do list of garden chores.
Not sure where to start? TeraGanix is here to help.
Here are 10 summer garden maintenance tips to keep in mind to help you keep your garden thriving:
Remove unwanted pests
Bugs, ants, ticks, and spiders are a real problem for your garden, especially during the summertime. If you don’t take care of the pests, they can overwhelm you and your plants. We recommend finding a natural way to combat pests you’re comfortable with. Whether it’s with a non-toxic formula or a DIY bug spray. This way, you can comfortably remove the pests and protect your plants all summer long!
Water at the right time of the day
The summer months are typically the hotter and drier months of the year. That doesn’t necessarily mean you'll want to spend your entire day watering your plants to keep them hydrated. Instead, you need to be more strategic about when and how much you’re watering your plants. For example, it’s better to water flower beds twice a week with more water than doing it every day with less water.
You also want to avoid watering your plants at night. The combination of warmth and moisture can prompt unwanted fungus growth. Watering in the middle of the day can cause the water to soak up faster than you wanted. Instead, you’ll want to do the majority of your watering in the morning.
To improve water absorption, we always recommend adding EM-1 into your soil! It’s a 100% natural solution that can help your plants get the water they need throughout the warm months.
Don’t forget to prune!
Pruning is an integral part of gardening, no matter the season. Taking the time to remove dead or diseased debris is a great way to encourage growth and improve airflow to your plants. It’s recommended that you do light pruning throughout the year and become more vigilant and aware during the warmer months. Weeds grow quicker and denser in the summer heat and steal the nutrients from your plants, so you’ll want to get to the root of the problem before it spreads.
Provide your garden with nutrients
If you want your garden to grow, it will need the right nutrients. One of the best ways to do this is with EM-1 from TeraGanix. EM-1 Microbial Inoculant is an organic probiotic full of microorganisms that are great for your soil health and improving the longevity of your plants. This probiotic for your plants can help naturally loosen compact soil, improve plant vigor and health, and speed up nutrient cycling. The best part? When your plants are healthy, they are more naturally disease and pest resistant!
Plant more vegetables
Summertime is a great time to fill your garden with new vegetables that will thrive during the fall! You’ll want to remove any spring crops that aren’t looking their best and replace them with crops that will be produced during fall. You’ll want to pay attention to your unique zone and when the first fall frost date is for your location.
Add more mulch
Mulch can help keep your garden cooler, control the moisture levels, and keep water from evaporating. When used regularly: it can also help you cut down on the wedding. Mulch is one of those garden must-haves that you should be prioritizing year-round. If you don't use mulch, we recommend that you at least try to do so during the summer seasons to keep your plants and crops happy and healthy. To use mulch, you'll want to add at least 3-5 inches of organic mulch to your garden for the best results.
Maintain your composting pile
Summer is a great time to give your plants the extra boost they need. You can use the warmer months to establish and build your composting pile throughout the other seasons. You’ll just want to ensure you’re giving all the necessary elements for the compost to thrive. If you’re new to composting, consider trying the Bokashi Composting method. It’s different from your traditional composting methods and uses anaerobic processes instead of aerobic. All you need to get started is our EM® Bokashi Bran, and an airtight compost bin like our Bokashi Organko Compost Bin..
It’s important to stay on top of your harvesting throughout summer to ensure your plants keep flowering and producing. You'll need to harvest certain vegetables like beans, zucchini, and cucumbers more often. Have too much produce? Drop by your neighbors, friends, family, or a local food pantry in your area.
Remove small containers
Placing your plants in small containers is a great tactic during the colder months. However, as the weather starts to heat up, these containers can warm up quickly and dry out your soil. It’s best to transfer your plants to your garden before things heat up and ensure they all have enough space to thrive.
The truth is: that your garden might not look its best during summer. In the hottest parts of the country, gardeners are faced with extreme temperatures well above 100℉. That’s not the best living conditions for most vegetables, fruits, flowers, and trees. That’s why it's important to be mindful of which growing zone you live in and to do research before planting. If things don’t go the way you thought they would, don’t be discouraged! There’s always next year, and fall is right around the corner!
Upgrade your garden with TeraGanix
At TeraGanix, we want to help you build and sustain a garden you can be proud of. From EM-1 to Bokashi Bran, our products will help you see spectacular results in your summer garden and provide you with healthy living soil and delicious organic vegetables. As you revise your to-do list of garden chores and start thinking of ways to incorporate some of these summer garden ideas, make sure you also lean on the help of TeraGanix. Shop our collection of gardening and composting products today to get started.
Preparing your garden for the warmer months with EM-1
If you want a thriving garden you can be proud of, you’ll need to ensure it’s receiving the nutrients and gardening maintenance to thrive. The best thing you can do for your plants to ensure they flourish through the summer months is to introduce them to EM-1 Microbial Inoculant.
This is an organic liquid probiotic for soils and plants. It contains a combination of yeasts, actinomycetes, and two kinds of bacteria. It's a natural, organic, and an environmentally friendly alternative to fertilizers that can help you yield high results, especially during warmer months! EM-1 can improve root size, nutrient cycling, water absorption, and help you restore natural resistance to disease and pests.