Gardeners often line up at plant nurseries early in the season, not just because we can't wait to get outside in the dirt, but also because we know that if we want a particular variety of plant it may not be available later in the year. To get the best plant selection you need to visit nursuries as early as possible. That doesn't mean those plant purchases necessarily go straight into the ground though. I have plants purchased over a month ago that are still waiting their permanent space in a flower bed. In the meantime they are sitting in a partly shaded location and being watered frequently. While the plants can live in pots right through the summer season the small pots can dry out quickly so a shaded location and water will help to keep them alive. If you're not able to get to the garden centre early, don't dismay! Although the selection diminishes, there are still plants to be found. In fact, some of the best plant deals come in mid-summer when the nurseries are quiet and they are looking to move their stock.
|Last July I found all these plants for a fraction of the cost at a nursery closing sale|
A side effect of hot temperatures is lack of water. The ground dries out as the temperatures heat up and it gets harder to dig in the ground. If you must dig, try watering the area a day before and letting the water soak in. When you work the following day the digging will be easier. If you are transplanting, make sure that your plants and trees get a good amount of water when you plant and keep watering consistently afterward. The hot sun will mean they are losing water quicker and likely their roots will be somewhat damaged from the move. This means they have less root to take up water and the roots won't be deep enough to capture water far down in the ground. Watering well and providing a thick layer of mulch will cool the ground and keep your plant roots safe so they can begin to flourish.
As for myself I will be working on flower beds all summer long. It seems I never have enough time in spring and fall to do all I would like. Presently I'm still working on planting up my purchases from the spring plant sale in the entrance garden and it could be another month before that bed nears completion.
Sometimes it feels like there is a never ending list of garden chores to complete all summer long. Like clearing out the invasive bindweed seen below.
Or turning over my never ending compost pile..
What sort of garden chores do you do in the summer?