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I know it’s incredibly hot out there but there are a ton of summer garden projects that could be done this month! Each season has its own garden chores to tackle. Spring means getting the soil ready and planting. Fall is the season to harvest the last of the summer produce and clean up the garden beds. And summer…the summer garden offers a LOT of opportunities to get your hands dirty! If you are wondering what sort of summer garden projects to tackle this month, here is a list of things to add to your to do list!
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10 Summer Garden Projects
Summer is hot but there are plenty of summer garden projects to keep you busy. Plan to work early in the morning or after dinner to avoid the hottest rays of the sun. Here are a few things you may want to tackle this month.
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Tackle weeds on a regular basis:
Weed control has got to be my least favorite garden chore, however, if you ignore it for weeks it does not go away. I know. I have tried this method with zero success! Weeds will easily take over in the fertile soil of your garden. Pick them by hand, mulch your garden beds, and use other natural methods of weed control whenever possible. Check out my post about natural weed control methods for tips on how to stay in control of the weeds.
Encourage pollinators to visit your summer garden:
Healthy plants will only produce a high yield if pollinators are around to help. You can try making a honey bee watering station or plant flowers that attract butterflies. Make a mason bee house to attract this small but helpful bee to your garden plants. Pollinators are vital to our food supply so let’s do everything we can to keep them happy!
Beautify your entertaining space:
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining. Place outdoor solar lights around your walkways and tuck them into flower beds. Snip fresh flowers from your bushes and place in a pretty vase on your wooden picnic table. Set up a whiskey barrel full of water and float flowers and tiny tea lights in it. Your summer garden will provide plenty of pretty things to beautify your entertaining space!
Harvest your produce regularly:
A summer garden may produce food at an amazingly fast rate. Keep going out to your garden daily to harvest your supply. You put a lot of work into that garden. Don’t let your produce go to waste!
Keep your summer garden well watered:
Plants use a LOT of water as they grow and produce fruits and veggies for you. Water thoroughly and regularly to keep your plants healthy and productive. Make sure you make plans for watering while you are away on vacation. Enlist a neighbor or set a timer on your sprinkler system if necessary.
Get creative with using what you grow:
Have no idea what to do with 47 zucchini or a counter full of fresh herbs? Start Googling! Stay on top of your summer garden harvest so that none of it goes to waste. Many summer garden chores will actually take place in the kitchen!
Fertilize your summer garden for maximum yield:
Your summer garden still needs a lot of nutrients to remain healthy. I like to fertilize in spring when plants are growing quickly and then again in early summer as the fruits and veggies are starting to get produced. Use natural garden fertilizer whenever possible. Egg shells and coffee grounds can be turned into the soil to help feed your garden plants. Check out these other foods you can use in the garden as well!
Identify and eradicate bugs:
Bugs are a fact of life in a summer garden. Beetles, caterpillars, worms, and an assortment of other pests want to share in the bounty you have created. Identify them and then get rid of them! You can pick them off by hand or use natural sprays, diatomaceous earth, or products containing “BT” (a bacteria) to eradicate many garden pests.
Build a shady spot:
There is nothing worse than planting a beautiful summer garden and having it be so hot and sunny that you can’t spend time out there enjoying it. Build a pergola or covered seating area with a simple bench so you can spend time enjoying the beauty of your summer garden.
Beautify your garden with garden art:
Garden art can provide a beautiful and whimsical look to your back yard. Make bottle cap flowers or pretty stepping stones. No reason why your garden has to only contain plants! Try making golf ball ladybugs or make a toad house!
Gardening is a lot of work but it also provides amazing rewards. A local and organic supply of food, great exercise, and even possibly improved health! Take a few minutes every day to tackle your summer garden checklist so it doesn’t become quite so intimidating!
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.