One of our favorite ways to spend our summer evenings is to spend that time in the garden. It’s a great chance to watch the sunset, feel the air get cool around you, and make something beautiful. Gardening isn’t too hard to get into, so even if this is your first year and you don’t know what you’re doing, you still can! Here are our easy summer gardening tips for beginners.
Soil and mulch
Honestly, the soil you are putting your plants into is one of the most important parts of gardening! Get to know the soil where you live. If you’re here in Utah, the soil has a tendency to be sandy and not very nutritious. Luckily, it’s easy to supplement your soil to improve the quality and make your plants flourish! Compost and mulch is a great way to make sure that you can continuously add quality nutrients to your soil throughout the summer once your plants are already planted.
Set up an irrigation system
One of the major components to make sure your garden does well this summer is to make sure that you’re giving them adequate water. You can do this a few different ways. You can set up timers and go out to water them and rotate your hose among your plants evenly throughout the day. You can also easily install a sprinkler or irrigation system around your garden, to make watering them easier and more efficient.
Be mindful of what plants you choose
Some plants will do better in your climate than others. Make sure that you’re selecting plants that will thrive where you live! Some that are generally pretty safe bets are summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, and your mustard greens. Some simple research will help you find the right plants for your environment. You can also talk to someone at your local garden store or a landscaping expert here at Asphalt Materials, and we can help you find the right plants for your home garden!
When to start planting your garden
Now that it’s July, you should be able to sit back and just enjoy your garden, maintaining it and reaping the benefits. You generally want to start planting your garden after the last freeze. This date can vary depending on region and city. This is usually sometime between March 15th and May 1. The latest you want to be putting most plants into the ground is mid-June.