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Gardening tips for summer harvests


If you are one of those to take advantage of your green thumb and planted a garden in the spring, don’t let the summertime heat wither away your crops.

Taking these simple steps will make the most of your garden!

1. Summer watering

Check container gardens daily. For soil gardens, water an area well for at least one minute to allow the water to get deep into the roots. The main problem at this time of the season is under watering.

Have you seen cracks in the fruit? This happens when water follows a drought, causing the fruit to expand suddenly and split the skin. The way to avoid this is to keep the soil consistently moist.

Water your vegetables two to three times a week during really hot weather.

2. Monitor your July harvest

Keep an eye on your July vegetable garden if you’ve planted carrots, green beans, hot peppers, potatoes, summer squash or tomatoes.

After harvesting early-maturing vegetables, you can grow some root crops and other vegetables in July and August. Brussel sprouts have a long harvest and can be planted and transplanted in July. Broccoli, cucumber and kale can also be planted in July for a delicious fall harvest.

3. Control pests and problems

Clean up as you harvest and toss overgrown or rotting produce away from the garden. Dying plant matter attracts pests!

Add a birdbath and birdhouse to attract birds to your garden. Birds provide natural insect control by eating bugs and protecting your plants.

Get out and enjoy the summer gardening seasons! Retirement communities like Plum Landing in Aurora offer outings for those who enjoy gardening, nature and the outdoors, like trips to Phillips Park in Aurora or the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

“We make a yearly trek – or more– through the sunken gardens at Phillips Park in Aurora,

and then we usually include a trip to Morton Arboretum in the fall to see the changing

leaves,” said Don Mangers, Plum Landing Executive Director.

Plum Landing : 495 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506 : 630.896.5031 :