Gardening Tips For A Good Summer Harvest
I’ve been gardening most of my life. We had a greenhouse when I was a kid and I love spending hours in there. Before having kids I liked having a pretty yard. Now I like having fresh and organic fruits and vegetables. The grass in my yard is now all gone and instead I have woodchips and raised garden vegetable planters with fruit trees mixed in. Each year that passes teaches me more of the plants that grow well, the bugs that like to eat the plants and gardening tips and hacks I pick up online and from other gardeners. Sharing gardening ideas is something I enjoy. This year I planted 21 tomato plants (each one a different type) in my backyard. Some are tiny, a whole bunch will fit into a spoon. Others a handful. Red, orange and purple too. I can’t wait to start canning with them. Going to try tomato sauce and ketchup. Fresh salsa, of course, too. Stay tuned for the recipes. Still waiting for an abundance of tomatoes to ripen.
Here are few must-haves for your own successful garden
Tomatoes like to climb. Offer them tall stakes or trellises and they’ll climb 6-8 feet high! These ones are already over 6 feet. Take the branches that are hanging low and twist them up into the different bars so that they are off the ground, away from pests and mold and grow taller. Some plants do fine on the ground and can grow on a trellis too. Cucumber, squash, even gourds. If you get the vegetable off of the ground there is less chance of rot, sitting in water and they are higher up away from snails and slugs.
When planting make sure you put trees and plants in areas that require the same amount of soil. Fruit trees usually require a lot. Dragonfruit (on the left) is a cactus and needs less. Don’t plant them next to each other. In warm climate, like California, it is best to plant in the late fall. That way trees can get a good root system established before it gets too hot. If you plant late spring or summer trees will require six times as much water.
Also, plant trees facing the south without another tree too close to block out the sun. This way they get enough sun all day. Some trees, like avocado, like partial shade from other trees is okay.
Natria Neem Oil. Great for rosebushes (in my front yard) and fruits and vegetables. The spray is for organic gardening and helps with aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. I know aphids really like my rosebushes and artichoke plants. Natria also makes insecticidal soap and Insect, Disease & Mite Control spray. Keeping bugs off my plants is important for me so that I have more to harvest.
Have the kids help! My front yard is all a drought-scape with lots of butterfly-friendly plants. It is hard on my wrist to dig big holes but the kids can do it easily. I love having them help me in the yard too. Make sure the holes are deep enough and mix a little planter soil with the dirts at the roots.
I’d never put fruit trees or ground vegetables mixed with the drought-tolerant plants. Some would end up overwatered and others not watered enough. Milkweed, sage, lantana, popcorn trees and other plants can be found in the area in nurseries that need less water and can take full-sun. During fall-spring I don’t have to water these at all. In the summer I only water once a week, or less.
Don’t forget to thin out your plants. I always overplant. Especially when I plant from seeds. These seedlings were tiny when I planted them and I wasn’t sure all were going to make it. They look great (always good news) so I need to thin them out and plant some elsewhere. Left to right: tomatoes, eggplant, melon and two types of cucumber. I’m going to thin these some but than going to let them go crazy and grow out the sides of the vegetable planter too. Around it is only wood chips so there is lots of room. But, in general, it is advised to thin out crop so each plant is about 6-10 inches apart.
Recipes With Avocados
If you love avocados as much as I do then check out these delicious recipes for all sorts of meals! My dad has about 5 avocado trees in his yard and so we have an awesome supply of them for all sorts of dishes! I have two in my yard but still waiting for them mature enough to have a decent crop. Avocados are good for your body and can be in a variety of dishes! Save the link, print the recipes and share with others. You’ll be coming back to them again and again. Everything from salads to sandwiches, dip and even cheesecake! Who knew you could use avocados for so many dishes. I can’t wait for the trees in my yard to have an abundant harvest too! Fun Fact: You can freeze avocados and they’ll be yummy and fresh to eat later. Just store in a freezer bag or plasticware made for the freezer. The avocados will last a few months in the freezer and can be added to any dish. Simply defrost first.
Avocado Dill Dressing (Not Quite Susie).
Avocado BLT In A Bowl (Almost Super Mommy).
Avocado Banana Salad (Kids Activity Blog).
Chicken Over Avocados (CopyKat Recipes).
Zesty Avocado & Feta Hummus (Almost Super Mom).
Creamy Avocado Quinoa Salad With Mango (A Mother Thing).
Breakfast Nachos (Totally The Bomb).
Caliente Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Mariano Bambinos).
Saltgrass Steakhouse Boiled Shrimp and Avocado Salsa (CopyKat Recipes)
Turkey, Egg, Cheese & Avocado Muffin with Sprouts (Sweep Tight).
Gluten-Free Avocado Flatbread (Almost Supermom).
Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad (A Mother Thing).
Avocado Summer Salad (Kids Activity Blog).
Homemade Guacamole Seasoning (Not Quite Susie).
Southwest Bean Salad (Hello Nature).
Chunky Avocado Vegetable Medley (Sweep Tight).
Avocado Ranch Dip (Totally The Bomb).
Breakfast Taco Bowls (Kids Activity Blog).
Avocado Cheesecake (CopyKat Recipes).
Chunky 7 Layer Dip (Totally The Bomb).
Spring Garden Tips & Tricks
I have always loved gardening and enjoy passing what I’d learned on to others. I don’t know everything but I enjoy being in the gardening regardless if it planting flowers and vegetables, weeding or just watering the yard. Gardening is great for many of reasons. It is therapeutic, you can plant flowers to add beauty to your yard, you can plant fruits and vegetables to have the reward of a harvest (this is rewarding for kids too), the ability to eat organic foods more affordable and have it as fresh as possible. While gardening comes easy for some, others don’t have quite a ‘green thumb’ and need to learn by reading and experience. Check out these awesome tips and tricks to get your spring garden ready so that you have a fabulous yard this summer.
You can also check out some pictures of my garden here! I just planted about 50 new plants!
Get outside and dig in!
- Easy Fruits & Vegetables (Hello Nature).
- Dollar Store Garden Supplies (Sunny Sweet Days).
- Growing Marigolds From Seed (Intelligence Domestication).
- Summer Gardening Tips (Bonbon Rose Girls).
- Organic Chemical Free Gardening (The Jenny Revolution).
- 11 Tips For Gardeners (Ann’s Entitled Life).
- Cactus Garden For Kids (A Mother Thing).
- DIY Garden Gate (Thrifty NW Mommy).
- DIY Rain Barrels (Intelligence Domestication).
- Simple Tips For Roses (A Spectacled Owl).
- Kokedama Hanging Garden For Kids (Kids Activity Blog).
- Time Saving Garden Tips (Confessions of an Overworked Mom).
- How To Grow Carrots (Slapdash Mom).
- How To Make Compost At Home (Sweep Tight).
- How to Grow Marigolds From Seed (Intelligent Domestication).
- How To Keep Pests Away From Your Garden (A Mother Thing).
- Dinosaur Garden Markers (Totally The Bomb).
- DIY Raised Garden Bed (Hello Nature).
- Kids Container Garden (Kids Activity Blog).
- Best Perennials For Shade (The Parent Spot).
- 40 Foods That Grow Well From Seeds (Savings Sarah).
- Container Garden Basics (A Mother Thing).
- When is it Safe To Plant? (Ann’s Entitled Life).
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