Monday, December 31, 2012

What To Plant In Summer

Summer time is cucumber season
I’m on a mission to bust a myth about summer. Yes, you can start a garden in summer and it will be amazing!

I was recently talking with a few newlyweds at church about living in their new homes and they all expressed a real keenness to start their own gardens now that they have started their married lives.

But they all raised exactly the same objection,
“But you can’t plant anything now during summer.”

No, no, no, no…you have it all the wrong way around. Summer is a great time to plant.
In fact if you look at your seed packets they will almost all certainly say summer is the ideal time for planting.

No excuses, myth busted!

If you want a shady, productive garden to cool you down during our harsh summers it is never too late.  So many plants are fast growers and lap up the sun and shade during the heat.

So to get you planting, here’s my handy guide. (Temperate Climate)

Get your garden ready in Winter

By planting dormant fruit trees and vines (grapes, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, etc.) you can increase the lushness and shade of your summer garden.

Most trees have their highest yield during the summer, especially the stone fruits such as apricot, peach, plum, nectarine and peacharine.  They are at their leafy greenest during summer.

Planting purple, pink and orange flowering plants will also increase bee activity for pollination of your crops.  Lavender and Salvias are a great choice.

But for a non-bee attracting flower that thrives on neglect, but always looks lush in the summer garden, try Agapanthus.

Agapanthus and Salvia

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