Summer and Gardening
By Elli Davis, August 4, 2010
Watering can by Christopher Craig
Summer time is the favorite time of the year for many. The weather is, or at least should be, quite nice and warm. You can spend long evenings outside having a barbeque, or just talking in your garden full of flowers. Yes, THE garden. We should not forget it needs attention during the summer, too. Perhaps, it requires even more regular care and it certainly needs a different type of care than usual. So what is the recipe to having a nice garden which will last throughout the whole summer?
Water and fertilize! Of course, during hot days, the soil is completely dry and desperately needs water to survive. Late evenings, when the temperature cools down is the best time watering, as the overheated soil will not be unpleasantly “shocked” by extremely cool water. Fertilizing every once in a while is important, too. With both of these jobs be very careful and do not water and fertilize too often, it could have negative effects.
Prune! Many people are just afraid or feel bad about cutting even those parts of flowers or trees which really need it. That is one of the greatest gardening mistakes one can make, I believe. If you see a dead head then the flower needs pruning, do not think twice but simply do it! You could eventually destroy it otherwise.
Make it pretty! Some bird houses, water fountains, wooden wheels or gnome sculptures are an essential part of many gardens. How many times have you stopped to look at them in someone’s garden? Many times, I’m sure, so why not to have them in yours? Some of these are actually a great source of either water or shadow; therefore they are not only attractive but also useful. There are so many opportunities today to make your garden look nice, just look around! Garage sales, for instance, can provide you with pretty and interesting items.
It is also important, if you are leaving your house for longer periods, not to forget to ask someone to regularly water and check your garden. Leaving it with no supervision during a hot, dry summer for even a couple of days, might just completely kill it.