North Carolina summers are hot. Especially when the latter part of June arrives. With the first day of summer beginning on June 21, it’s critical to pay extra attention to your garden so that it can survive the wilting effects of the heat. For all of us, summer brings a mix of humid conditions and drenching storms that require you to divide your time and efforts in order to keep your garden looking its best. Here are some of the top gardening tips that you can make sure to do as summer comes about in full force.

Pay attention to the buds

Plants such as camellias often are known for suddenly dropping its buds and flowers. This is a result of drying out, particularly if you have them in containers. Make sure to mulch and water deeply once or twice a week during the especially hot and dry days.

Keep your pots cool

Potted plants are more vulnerable to overheating, especially if they are in terracotta clay pots. As a tip, lightly mulch them and do your best to keep them out of the direct sunshine. Potted plants in saucers often encourage root rot, so stand yours in saucers filled with sand and keep the sand moist. This will keep the roots cool, as well as maintaining the plants overall health. If your potted plant is dry beyond measure, soak it in a bucket of water for half an hour and then drain it.

Add nutrients to your garden

If you’re pressed for time when it comes to watering your plants, spend some time watering deeply while feeding your plants minerals. For example, potassium helps to improve plant vigor and also has shown to increase resistance to foliar fungi.

Do the hard work when it’s cool

Standing out in the sun for prolonged periods of time can be draining and not safe. You’re likely to do a better job of watering or mowing the lawn if you do it before 10 AM or after 4 PM. Make sure to hydrate and wear sunscreen if you know you’re going to be spending several hours outside tending to your garden.

Continue planting

Several plants thrive in summer gardens. In North Carolina, you can never plant too much okra, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, or lima beans.

Harvest Regularly

Both vegetables and herbs do best when they are regularly harvested. In fact, you’ll end up yielding more production from these plants when they are picked often at their peak maturity time. If you’re headed away on vacation, ask a friend or family member to do it for you. Both your garden and your hungry neighbors will thank you in the end.

Do these things and keep your home clean, and you’ll have the perfect home – both inside and out!

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