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5 Tips for an Enchanting Summer Garden

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5 Tips for an Enchanting Summer Garden

Being in nature is one of the most healing and inspirational gifts we can give ourselves. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, you have an opportunity to create a magical and healing place that will lure you into spending time there. You may want to create a shade structure and plant it with fragrant vines, add a swing and other whimsical objects. (See my article Feng Shui for an Inspiring Garden.)

If  you don’t have a garden, join or create a community garden like my sister did, and enjoy the added benefits of creatively collaborating with like-minded people and bring home your own fresh bounty!

Start or join a Community Garden if you don't have your own plot of land

I interviewed my sister Bridget Brewer, Sausalito, CA Landscape Designer and Architect, about tips she would recommend for the mid-summer garden. Here are some of her recommendations. Be sure to check your local climate zone information to be sure what is best for your area.

1. What to Plant Now

In June and early July, plant beans and summer squash from seed. In the next two to three months plant cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, chard, lettuce, spinach, potatoes and onions.

In terms of flowers, look around your garden and notice what colors or fragrance you feel are missing. It is hard to resist buying plants in full bloom, but if you can wait until next spring and plant younger plants, they will hit the ground running and out-bloom and out-perform almost anything you plant now. It is fine, however, to add color to your garden pots and borders with smaller colorful annuals such as petunias and lobelia.

2. Fertilize and Water

This is the month to focus on keeping everything well fed and watered.

Feed by using organic fertilizers and top dress with good compost with micronutrients. Keep the ground covered. Soil builds from the top down, you are keeping the worms and micronutrients in the soil happy by covering it.

3. Slow Down Weeds Organically

Weeds grow fast during the hot months of summer and plants dry out quickly. To slow down your weeds, enrich the soil and keep it moist at the same time, apply a thick layer (2 to 3 inches) of compost and/or straw around the plants. Leave a small gap for air circulation around the stem or crown.

Tired of mowing and watering a greedy lawn? Make a “lasagna mulch” right on top without having to dig out the lawn. In 8 to 10 months the lawn, weeds, cardboard and mulch will be a rich healthy soil ready for planting. The steps are: 1) mow or cut down the weeds, but leave them in place and add more green mulch (grass clippings, green leaves and stems) until it is 2 to 3 inches thick; 2) Add cardboard sheets (avoid white cardboard as it has bleach) overlapping the edges by 6 inches. Wet down the cardboard thoroughly; 3) Cover the cardboard with arbor mulch (tree chippings).

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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9:53PM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Thank you so much for such a great blog. Bristol Block Driveways

11:05PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Great article...Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

9:02AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


8:52AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you.

4:19AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

I'm so very new to gardening and love reading all these fabulous tips - will try at least some of them!

4:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013


8:51PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

is this a repost? great article again

12:53AM PDT on Jun 14, 2013

thanks for the info

8:50PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

I have great admiration for people who can plan and bring such a garden to fruition.

2:29PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

I first made a Dijon vinaigrette while taking a cooking class in France-sounds delicious! I wish I had a garden farm

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