Summer is a great time for gardeners to bring their best skills to life. There are many unique ways to showcase your gardening skills and but they aren’t all foolproof! If you are in or around the communities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette or Orinda, Laural Landscapes can help you craft ideas! Until then, here are our top 10 gardening tips for summer to help you get started!
1. Harvest Frequently
Plants are meant to reproduce. They thrive in order to give opportunities for more plants to grow in the future. With that being said, it is important to keep harvesting in order for more plants to have the ability to grow. Try to harvest in the morning for plants to have the entire day and more to reproduce.
2. Be Wise with Water
Try to mulch your beds with organic matter to help retain moisture. Water either early or late in the day to minimize any and all evaporation. There are many ways to be wise with your water but this is the one that we recommend first as it is the most impactful.
3. Fertilize Properly
Helping your plants thrive is often the case of planning, soil fertility, and good placement. Be sure to fertilize your plants and the surrounding areas with organic compost or other materials. Liquid fertilizer can also be used as a good supplement, but use it sparingly. If you would like an organic alternative, contact Laural today!
4. Rotate Your Crops
Crop rotation refers to planting crops in the same place only once every three years. This ensures that vegetables will not deplete the same nutrients that could be used for other crops. It can also help with pest control. Make a plan on paper to ensure you rotate successfully and painlessly from year to year.
5. Choose Heat Resistant Crops
Many crops dry out over the summer because of unsustainable roots. By planting heat resistant crops you not only have to water less, but you save money on replacements and repairs and also save a lot of time!
6. Benefit Pollinators
Pollinators such as bees, are crucial for growth and pollination of plants. Include a selection of native plants that bees can benefit from. Check with either your local nursery or a professional like Laural Landscapes for some ideas of native plants that your local bees will love.
For kitchen and garden trimmings, start a compost pile or compost indoors. Some people prefer to use both for convenience and overall benefit. This will help your organic plants thrive and provide more sustainability for other areas.
8. Keep Areas Cool
Try to think of ways to protect your yard from the heat. Try awnings, trees or water fixtures to regulate temperature. There are many ideas on how to do this, but think about benefit, ease and personal preference.
9. Get Rid of Rows
Try to maximize space in the organic garden by converting from traditional row planting to 3 or 4-foot raised beds. Single rows of crops are often not the best way to plant because they take up valuable space. Using raised beds can also allow you to downsize and add other amenities to your garden.
10. Save Rainwater
Even if you use mulch or shade, chances are you will need to water a lot. A good way to save money and other resources is to use a catchment to retrieve beneficial rainwater. This can come in handy during dry periods and spare you financially.
Are You Considering an Organic Landscape for Your Home?
Making the decision to design and install an organic landscape for your home or business can be a big project to tackle all on your own. At Laural Landscapes, we have been partnering with homeowners across Contra Costa County for more than 20 years, helping to bring their dream outdoor spaces to life and transforming their backyards and front yards into beautiful, sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic spaces that last a lifetime. A landscape design is a holistic creation. It moves, breathes, changes all the time. Each element in it: the hardscape, plants, water, sky; interact with each other to be a green symphony.
What do you want your plant song to be? A quiet place for meditation, sports area, wildlife sanctuary, vegetable garden or a combination of things. All are possible. Your plant song is going to be different from anybody else’s because you are different from anybody else. Ready to get started? If you are in or around the communities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette or Orinda give us a call or contact us for your free consultation at (925) 274-0782. Laural Landscapes, Organic by Design.