Midsummer is one of the best times of the gardening year. The big work of putting in the garden is over, the veggies are established, the annuals are blooming, and it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labours.
Although the bulk of the work is done, a little bit of daily maintenance will keep your garden growing well for the rest of the season.
I try to take a walk through the gardens at least once a day. For one, it’s fun to watch things grow and change as the days go by. But it is also spreads maintenance tasks out and helps to catch any problems early on. Here is what I do:
- check all of the plants for possible disease/pest damage that might need intervention (yesterday I removed a family of green caterpillars from the strawberry plants and continued my attack on the cucumber beetles with the insecticidal soap.)
- take note of any fruit or veggies that are ready for harvest, or that might be ready for harvest in the next few days (and maybe take some time to munch on a few while you are out there.)
- trim flower stalks from plants like basil, so the plant puts its energy back into creating wonderful, aromatic, leaves
- remove spent blooms from annuals
- pull out weeds (this is an endless task, but if you do a little every day, it seems more manageable. A hoe is a wonderful tool for weeding in big veggie gardens.)
- if it has been sunny and dry for a few days, water the vegetable garden and potted plants
- take time to smell the flowers, rub the herb leaves against your fingers to take in the scent, and just enjoy being in the garden
Do you have something else to add to the list? Please share in the comments!