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Summer Gardening Tips

By following these tips, your summer garden can become a lush, productive oasis.

 

As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, summer presents the perfect opportunity to nurture your garden. This season is ideal for growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, ensuring a vibrant and productive garden. Here are some essential tips to help your garden thrive during the summer months:

 

Choose the Right Plants

Select plants that are well-suited for summer growth. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette, and herbs like basil and mint thrive in the warmth. For flowers, consider marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias, which are both heat-tolerant and visually stunning.

 

Water Wisely

Summer heat can quickly dry out the soil. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimise evaporation. Ensure deep watering to encourage root growth, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

 

Mulch to Retain Moisture

Applying a layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weeds, and maintains a consistent soil temperature. Organic mulches like straw, grass clippings, or shredded leaves are excellent choices.

 

Feed Your Plants

Summer growth spurts require additional nutrients. Use a balanced fertiliser or compost to provide essential nutrients.

 

Pruning and Deadheading

Pruning helps manage plant size and promotes better airflow, reducing the risk of disease. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, encourages more blooms and keeps your garden looking neat.

 

Support Your Plants

Tall plants and vines may need additional support. Use stakes, trellises, or cages to keep plants upright and prevent damage from wind or their own weight.

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