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6 Gardening Tips for Summer (Slideshow)

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6 Gardening Tips for Summer (Slideshow)

These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. They are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice. 

1. Fertilize, but don’t overdo it.

Helping your plants thrive is often a case of proper planning, placement and soil fertility.  A strong plant can better withstand the stress of high heat and dry weather.  So fertilize the soil well before planting using organic compost and other sustainable stock-free fertilizers. You can also give your plants a boost with liquid fertilizers (like water soluble seaweed powder) a couple of weeks after planting, or in times of stress.

General tip: While liquid fertilizers are great, it is best not to overuse them. Liquid fertilizers (even organic) feed plants directly instead of supporting the soil food web. The soil food web (simply put) is the network that makes nutrients (already in the soil) available to your plants. It is important to protect and nourish this system with organic matter whenever possible, to ensure long-term soil fertility.

Articles of interest:

The Art of Composting
Nettles Health Tonic and Organic Fertilizer
Comfrey Grow Your Own Fertilizer

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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3:33AM PDT on May 20, 2014

Very interesting. Thanks

8:55PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks, I especially liked the seed planting tip.

7:34AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks! Appears I am doing
all but the last one. Summer
is also our rainy season here.

11:52AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Very Interesting Thank's for the article. Theresa Robinson.

12:16PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Moats don't work for all plants. Plus no mention of native planting that is pretty, drought and fire resistant. PLEASE GET RID OF THE LAWNS AND ALL THEIR CHEMICALS.

12:48PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Like the idea of 'moats' around plants

9:44PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thanks

11:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Good tips, but does anyone know how to get rid of Japanese beetles?

5:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

3:30PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

thanx

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