Grow your own food or beautiful flowers with gardening
There is no better time for gardening than in summer. Longer days and lots of sunlight mean you can have a plot of summer veggies and fruits. Growing your own food brings joy and saves lots of money. You can grow any fruit or vegetable in an open area or a container and enjoy daily fresh vegetables. It is a fact that gardening in summer needs more maintenance than to any other season.
Similarly, growing the flowers are really amazing to grab anyone’s attraction. Flowers are one of the most beautiful creatures of God. If you have always dreamed of having a gorgeous garden, it’s time to make it happen. Having the beautiful flowers in your garden is really fun and rewarding.
Growing any of the vegetable, fruit, flowers or even a combination, makes a stunning garden but will have different maintenance requirements. Having flowers integrated into your vegetable garden will help attract bees and encourage better pollination, which means more produce for you to enjoy.
Before moving ahead, let’s check out some of the vegetables, fruits and flowers that can be grown in summer:
|Green leafy vegetables||Strawberries||Orchids|
Here, we are sharing a complete guide for the beginners how to grow your own vegetable or flower garden in summer and what the tools required for gardening.
For the beginners, it is suggested to start smaller to get the idea about how much time needs to be spent for watering, weeding and planting. Therefore, the right size for a beginner’s vegetable garden is 10*10 feet. Choose the five types of vegetable for your summer meals and start gardening.
Pick the right location: Location of gardening is the key. While choosing a location, make sure you can trek out every day the need for water, sun, destructive pets and takeout the produced vegetables. Usually, the direction from north to south is more compatible to get the maximum sun exposure. Southern gardens get benefit from late afternoon shade whereas the northern gardens get the sun quickly.
Overall, whatever location you choose near your house or some other, make sure that your garden has access to three primary basic needs: Sun, Water and Soil.
Direct sunlight: Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Like all the other plants, vegetables need photosynthesis to grow. This process helps to transform light energy into glucose. And, then plants use this to make cellulose and starch for themselves. Here, you need to do an accurate assessment throughout the day to know the spots where the sun hits directly without blockage from trees, shadow or fences.
In the summer season (hot climate), try not to use the metal or dark-coloured containers because they become very hot. For many plants, the soil needs at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit to grow plants. You can use the meat thermometer to measure accurate temperature.
Plenty of Water: Watering the plants is another crucial element, which helps to grow vegetables, especially in summer and dry season. You need to pour water to keep the soil evenly moist. In the summer, the plants require a good level of water, atleast once or sometimes two times a day. Watering to the plant depend upon the dryness of the soil.
Once the seeds germinate, there is a need for frequent watering. It helps to keep plants healthy. Later on, how often you need to water plants depends upon the soil and humidity. You can pour long drink after every few weeks. The heavy water goes inside the soil encourages roots to grow stronger and deeper, and they can access nutrients to stay healthy.
Fertile Soil: As said above, the soil is a leading factor to grow plants in the garden. Your garden needs the best rich and healthy soil to dig and drains well. The more fertile the soil, the better your vegetables will grow. The soil in your area could be infertile, poor or too acidic or alkaline. Fortunately, any type of soil can be improved by incorporating organic matter on it. Adding organic matter fulfils the requirement of moisture and nutrients for plants to use. Use 2-3 inch layer of compost, dry leaves, kitchen old manure or grass to the soil to make it fertile.
Once you have it all mapped out, it’s just a matter of purchasing the seeds or seedlings and putting the plan into action.
Mapping out: Mapping out the space for each vegetable and flower is one of the difficult tasks. Because here you have to keep in mind how much space will a plant will take to grow. One thing to be kept in mind is to pick the flowers or vegetables that have very similar growing conditions so that they can share the same garden bed.
Feeding your plant: To survive and growth of the plant, plants need nutrition, and their food is fertilizer. Gardeners need to mix organic, fertilizer into the containers.
Drainage system: Drainage system helps to let the excess water out from the plant. There should be one large hole and some small holes at the base of the container.
Container gardening is a safer and quicker way for vegetable or fruit gardening. If you don’t have the right space for the garden bed, then you can try container gardening. Decorative pots, gardening baskets help to grow the food in small places.
The appropriate combination of rich soil, timely water, good drainage system and regular maintenance like the traditional gardening is all that the container gardening needs.
Tools for gardening:
No matter where you are in planning to grow plants in your balcony or the gardening container, you should keep a bunch of handy tools ready with you. Here are the 5 essential tools for gardening:
- Gardening gloves: To prevent hands and nails from becoming muddy
- Watering can: Require to water your plants evenly.
- Hand trowel: Used for digging holes, mixing soil, transplanting seedlings and leveling out the soil.
- Hand cultivator: Used for taking out weeds and mixing the fertilizers
- Pruner: Used to cut small branches and woody stems