Summer Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening Tips

In the hot summer months, some plants will flourish while others struggle. But with some care all should survive the heat. By using plenty of mulch in your garden soil will stabilize the soil temperature and help to retain the moister. Using a layer of mulch on top of the soil can help reduce the rate of evaporation of water. And by watering your plants in early morning can reduce water loss due to evaporation.

How To Use Epsom Salt To Grow Sweet & Tasty Tomatoes

A big healthy tomato plant use a lot of magnesium in the growing process and fruit production process. Keeping the soil magnesium level balanced can be hard. But you can accomplish that with applying Epsom salt regularly. Adding Epsom Salt to the soil, help tomatoes produce more blossoms, reduce the chance of getting blossom rot, and help tomato plants produce bigger fruits.

Plants that lack the right amount of magnesium may also have a decrease in sweetness, Epsom Salt is a good cheap source of magnesium. The plants absorb it easily and quickly, making it one of the best sources of magnesium for your garden.

How to Propagate Succulents From Cuttings and Offsets

There are 2 ways to propagate succulents, the first is Propagating by Division, in which new succulents sprout out from cuttings. And the second is Propagating with Offsets, in which many species of succulents will produce offset from the base of the plant.

Easy Vegetables to Grow For Novice Gardeners

New to gardening? are you worried that planting your 1st garden well be fruitless? Then fear not, while not totally foolproof, some plants are ideal for novice gardeners who want to raise their chances of success.Here's the list.

  1. Carrots – As long as you have soil with good drainage. you'll have great success with growing carrots. They most likely won’t grow as big as the ones that you see in the market . But they'll grow sweet and delicious.
  2. TomatoesTomatoes grow quick and bear lots of fruits. For best results, try growing Determinate varieties of tomatoes. also called "bush" tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes. Which won’t need as much staking.
  3. Green Beans – Many varieties of beans are excellent for novice gardeners. Bush beans are small, don't need any staking and grow very easily with few issues. Pole beans are easy to grow as long as you've got some type of support.
  4. PeppersBell peppers and sweet peppers are very easy to grow plants. If the plant get droopy, simply add some stakes and tie them with some nylon. For the novice gardeners, they're best grown from seedlings. If you leave the green peppers on the vines long enough and they will turn red.
  5. Radishes – this is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Most Radishe varieties are ready to harvest in about 20-25 days.

For more info try reading this book "One Magic Square Vegetable Gardening" The instructions are easy, the index of fruits/veggies/trees in the back is indespensible, and the colored pictures are timely. Yes, the theme is of a magic square, but before you know it you'll have 4 or more going, without that much effort. I'm using this book to plan my garden and can't wait to companion plant some rosemary with our pear tree.

Get kids interested in gardening: Plant a Salsa Garden

The taste of fresh salsa made up of homegrown ingredients from your garden can spice up a meal like nothing else. and since most, if not all, of the ingredients will be coming from your backyard garden, making it is as easy as can be.

See also: Here's how to grow a pizza garden
And this: Grow a Smoothie Garden

What to plant:
  • Tomatoes: Plant meaty, full-flavored ones, Amish Pastes, Beefsteaks, like Romas, San Marzanos, or Brandywines.
  • Hot Peppers: plant a mix: JalapeƱos, Serranos or Anaheims for the flavor and some heat, HabaƱeros for extreme heat, and Poblanos if you would like to roast the peppers for a smoky salsa.
  • Cilantro: You'll have to plant this every 2-3 weeks through the summer so you won't run out (it can wilt in the heat or go to seed, so you’ll want a fresh supply).
  • Garlic: For an early harvest, it's best to plant in the fall, so you can harvest and eat the bulbs in June.
  • Onions: Scallions, or green onions, usually are quicker to mature than other common types of onions, and don't take up a lot of space in the garden, so they are the best choice for a salsa garden.

Other herbs to plant: Oregano, Parsley, Basil,and Mint are all excellent additions to a salsa garden.

Planting plan for a 4x4 foot salsa garden:

Here is an example of how to plant your salsa garden. The set up allows for some interpretation depending on your taste.

You can get more info from this book "All New Square Foot Gardening II" This book has helped me become quite the small space gardener. t's got a lot of great information. It covers a lot of topics, And it's laid out clearly with illustrations and photos.