Summer is here and that means lawn and garden season is in full swing!
For many, gardening is a fun and productive hobby, but to get the most out of what you grow there are some important things to know beyond the essentials like sunlight and water.
Here are three key tips to help your garden thrive.
Understanding Your Growing Season
Weather in the Midwest can be unpredictable, especially in the spring and fall. It is important to know the length of your growing season – depending on what you are trying to grow of course. Generally, this is the time between the last spring frost and the first fall frost. When you have a good idea of this range, you can start growing plants indoors to get a head start, or move on to something completely different. Even if you plant the same things in your garden every year, knowing when the season begins and ends is still valuable.
notice the light
Different shots require different amounts of light. For vegetables, it’s a good idea to plant them in a location that receives about 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. As a general rule, the sunnier the vegetables, the better the harvest.
Some “cool season” vegetables, however, thrive in partial shade. So if indirect sunlight is prevalent, planting vegetables like radishes, cabbage, spinach, and lettuce is a great idea.
Look at those weeds!
Nobody likes weeds, do they? Let’s be honest. They’re ugly, annoying, and their roots can even steal essential plant nutrients you need to grow. But before you start pulling out overgrown vegetation without a plan, it’s important to remember that the best weed control methods are hoeing or hand weeding. Although it’s tempting, avoid deep hoeing or spraying pesticides after planting your garden. Use weed screens where you can and mulch in other areas to keep annual weeds from growing where you don’t want them.
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