Summer is coming! And spring has already sprung! The time to garden has already come! Now, if you are just getting started, you are a little bit behind. But never fear, as they say better late than never! Here are a few ideas to help you jumpstart your summer garden and get those gorgeous flowers and delicious veggies, fruits, and herbs going as soon as possible!
- Buy your seeds! (Or your plants) Online is a great place to go for lesser known varieties or you can just stop in at a local store. If you haven’t had any luck finding your favorite seeds in-stores, consider checking out Burpee or Annie’s Heirloom Seeds to get started. If you want an even bigger jump on things, now is the time you can go to nurseries and stores and buy plants rather than seeds (you can do this online too although live plants may experience trauma while shipping). Just be careful to select the best possible plants.
- Know the average last frost, as well as this year’s individual predictions. This is extremely important so you don’t plant so late that you don’t get a good yield before the first frost. Nobody wants to plant a garden and get nothing out of it except wasted effort, time and money. If it is late for you to be planting you can always consider a mini indoor greenhouse or to grow the plants potted so they can be transported inside when frosts come
- Determine your growing zone! This is extremely important in spring (or any other) gardening. Also sometimes known as a hardiness zone, this label determines what plants will survive and thrive in the particular climate region. USDA Hardiness Zones can be informative, however consulting a growing zone map will be the most helpful as you choose what you will grow. This of course is less relevant in a greenhouse situation
- Test your soil! It’s simple and quick to test the pH levels of the soil with a home soil-test kit. If the pH levels are too high, add common elemental sulfur. Easy and cheap. If the pH level is too low, just add lime in either ground or powder form. Proper pH levels are important to healthy plant growth!
- Fertilize your garden! All-natural, organic methods such as homemade compost, or any dry or liquid organic fertilizers are the best and safest. Also, consider using kelp! This may give bigger yields and can make plants stand up to adverse conditions better. Kelp can help!
These are just a few basic ideas to help your summer garden grown and thrive! Let’s make this our best growing season yet! Forget those winter blues of the past and enjoy the joys of summer!