1. Use mulch. Mulch helps control weeds and keeps the roots of plants/bushes and trees moist longer. Especially during the hot summer months. Depending on where you live a good layer of mulch may be necessary to keep the roots from drying out.
2. Weed constantly. Weeds are a pain, they sprout up out of no where and never seem to go away. Weeds pull important nutrients and moisture from your plants that you want to grow. This is beneficial for everything from vegetable gardens to flowerbeds. Weeding daily/weekly can keep them at bay, but you will always have some sort of weed to contend with.
3. Water in the evening or early morning. I have found that watering in the evening and early morning are the best times to water my plants and flowers. The soil holds the moisture longer than it does during the day when it is most hot. I typically will set my timer sprinkler to run for about 45min in the am and again at night. It definitely makes a huge difference in my plants
4. Fertilize! Fertilizing is key for any well grown garden or flower bed. I mostly have vegetable gardens and I fertilize with a variety of products. You need to find what works best for you. But it’s important for vegetables and flowers to have the proper nutrients.
5. Intermingle. Intermingling your flowers within your vegetable garden will be extremely beneficial for your veggie plants. Marigolds especially help attract Bees for pollination and having flowers planted help deter other insects/pests.
6. Companion planting – Plant plants and flowers that complement each other such as ground covering plants, early blooming plants and late blooming. Try to plant your flower bed for all season and for it to turn through the season with you.
7. Sun/Shade plants - Let’s face it there are some plants that just love the shade and some that only love sun. So you definitely don’t want to put the sun loving plants in the shade, as they won’t grow very well and well by putting the shade loving plants in the hot sun, yeah that’s a disaster waiting to happen. Been there done that! Make sure to plant your plants where they will thrive the most!
Until next time happy Gardening!