4 Ways to Improve Your Spring and Summer Garden

Juanita Michelle By Juanita Michelle, 17th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_8645j2/
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Quick tips to improve your vegetable and flower gardens throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Spring is finally here

The growing season is here and so is your desire for beautiful blooms and tasty veggies. Before you roll up your sleeves to get in touch with nature, here are some tips to make your growing season more enjoyable.

Location, location, location
When starting in early spring, carefully choose a spot for plants that need full sun throughout the summer. Remember trees are just growing back their leaves. That sunny area will soon become a blanket of shade.

Plants that require 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight such as tomatoes will not grow properly when adequate light is not provided. Likewise too much sunlight for shade-loving plants like hostas may defeat their purpose. Before deciding where to plant, become familiar with your surroundings.

Water temperature
Having a lush garden depends in part on keeping the soil moist. But did you know that using cold water could give your plants a shock? Think of it as the equivalent to someone flushing the toilet while you’re showering – not a welcoming feeling.

Test the water from your hose, if it feels cold then it may be too cold for your plants. The water should be room temperature, not too cold or too warm. One method of getting warmer water is to place a filled jug out in the sun. This method is beneficial because the sun helps remove chlorine from tap water, a plus for organic gardeners.

Epsom salt
Ordinary Epsom salt can be used as a fertilizer. Applying Epsom salt to the soil make plants greener and adds sulfur and magnesium to the soil. It helps improve soil quality, germinates seeds faster and aids plants in the absorption of nutrients.

Use 100% Epsom salt with no added fragrances or perfumes. Mix 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water and apply monthly.

Stop pests without chemicals
A natural way to keep harmful pests away is to use plants. Marigolds, mint and sunflowers are great for warding off your garden’s unwelcome guests.

Mint
Placing mint around your yard prevents rabbits from getting a free meal. The smell also wards off mice, aphids and ants. Choose peppermint or spearmint as a repellent.

Marigolds
The scent of marigold flowers repels harmful insects that love to wreck havoc. They also bring lady bugs, a benefit to any garden. Both Petite Orange and Crackerjack marigolds are great varieties full of summer blooms.

Sunflowers
They act as a distraction. Instead of nibbling on your tomatoes; sunflowers become aphids’ target. Sunflowers also bring bees; big helpers in pollinating. The Mammoth Russian variety grows as tall as 6 feet with massive flower heads. You can harvest the seeds for roasting as an added benefit.

Certain plants interfere with each other’s growth. Browse a “companion gardening” list to determine which flowers, vegetables and herbs benefit most from these plants.

If your goal is to make your yard rival a Monet painting or just to try growing one new plant this year, have fun with it and happy gardening.

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Aphids, Companion Gardening, Epsom Salt, Flowers, Garden, Marigolds, Mint, Organic, Organic Gardening, Pest Control, Spring, Summer, Sunflowers, Vegetables, Veggies

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I'm a web content writer living in Atlanta and in central North Carolina . As a hobby, I enjoy writing about topics gardening, baking, beauty and DIY projects.

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author avatar WOGIAM
17th Mar 2015 (#)

Though i do not have green fingers, at spring and summer times, i wish i had a garden, to at least plant flowers and watch them bloom.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
17th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks! I have plenty of marigolds, but I am planning on planting mint and lavender as borders this year. We planted huge sunflowers last year and the birds went crazy. We also reaped the rewards with a stockpile of seeds that I soaked and then later roasted.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for the garden tips. I love pink roses. I plant mint every year and I love lavender. Thanks for sharing the information about the Epsom salt. It has been such a long winter. I'm so happy spring is near.

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