Summer is particularly a gardeners favourite season to grow in, however it does have its pros and cons. Its a great season to be outside in the garden without having to wear extra gears such as raincoat all the time as you would do in cold seasons. This improves the yield of crops and maintenance of your crops.
It brings family, friends, KNOWLEDGE and a few secrets into the garden!
- This specific season is ideal for your the Cucurbits family such as watermelon,butternut,gem squash etc.
- The plant receives as much photosynthesis in summer than in cold seasons. This increases the level of nutrition, taste of the fruit, appearance, air ventilation and ease of access/maintenance in the garden/field.
- Prevents soil from water-logging (Cold Seasons), however, Summer has free drainage soil.
- Simple way to increase your crop size is by the use of vertical gardening, this might decrease pest & disease level.
- Do raised beds! They hold the moisture & nutrition level better than the garden landscapes as there are a few competitors within the raised bed. This also decreases pest & disease level.
- The plant does require more water in summer than cold seasons as it dries up quickly, nutrients can become leached away, this can be prevented by mulching method.
- This increases the pest & disease level of the plant such as white fly, aphids, mildew etc.
- Can cause appearance damage by burning plant.
Signs of stressed plants:
- The plant will have a wilted appearance where its leaves look soft, flexible and extremely fragile.
- The plant will appear wilted after been transplanted on a hot day with little water attention.
- WARNING: Do not transplant plants that have buds on a hot day, this causes stress to the plant as soon it wilts. The lack of water cannot provide all buds/gametes of the plant and this will cause the buds to fall of as the plant is in shock. You have then lost your crop.
- PREVENTION: Carefully cut off the unwanted leaves leaving two sets of apical meristem leaves using garden secateurs. Then transplanting it, water it until it penetrates to deep roots. Give it time to re-energize itself.
Want to know how to grow vegetables and fruits for FREE! I do seed-saving method and this provides me with fruit & vegetables that you buy at the local supermarket! Except it takes time to grow, BUT, don’t give up, it saves you a couple of grand in your pockets!
These are my seed-saving raised beds! Enjoy
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