National Friendly’s Top 5 tips for Summer Gardening
Top 5 tips for summer gardening
As summer draws near, many of us will be anticipating watching our gardens come into bloom, all the hard work and dirty fingernails, rewarded.
It can take great patience to get your garden looking the way you want it to and so often we can be tempted to twiddle and tweak unnecessarily. With our long overdue UK sun just starting to poke its head out of the clouds, we thought it would be useful to take a look at some small tips to help you this summer.
- Watering your plants
It can be best to water first thing in the morning or last thing at night to avoid damaging plants. The sun can act as a sort of magnifying glass, burning the leaves below. It can be so easy to panic in the heat of the day and give those dry and dusty beds a water, but remember to hold off until evening to get the most out of your efforts.
- Planting under trees
If you are lucky enough to have space for a tree or two in your garden, you may find it a bit of a pain trying to mow the grass around them. Think of a traditional orchard, with spring bulbs slowly progressing toward cow parsley, with butterflies fluttering about amid the chirping of birds. Put a swing in that picture. We need creatures in our gardens and they like long grass – and so do children, especially with paths mown through. The mini 'meadow' can be cut in July, and kept neat-ish thereafter; it's not messy, when it's planned.
- Protect your vegetables
Looking after your vegetable plot is important in hot weather too, especially if you’re hoping for delicious food to go in summer salads. Don’t leave large areas of your vegetable patch bare, but plant with green manures and companion plants. Keeping animals away from your veg can also be tricky. Fences can be expensive and may require some effort to install. Adding a simple chicken wire fence around a plant can keep most invading garden pets away from your vegetables.
- It's all about the roots
Surface rooting plants such as lettuce and tomatoes will wilt quickly and require more watering, whereas deeper rooting vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes may be more resilient. Planning shade strategically can also help your plants thrive.
- Remember the birds!
Do not wait for winter to feed the birds in your garden. With the hot weather and hardened ground, it can be increasingly difficult for birds to find food so make sure you give them that little boost. Having these feathered friends about can really lift your garden and you can even invest in a bird bath for them to take a dip on a hot summer’s day.