Midsummer Planting

Believe it or not, July and August aren’t the best months to plant your garden. In most places, it’s hot and uncomfortable for you and your plants. However, there are strategies to help plants thrive and survive in the middle of summer. These are the Do’s and Don’ts of midsummer planting.

The Do’s of Midsummer Planting

find out when the average first frost occurs in your area. Knowing the first and estimated last frost date will allow you to count backward to determine if you have time to plant plants like tomatoes and certain flowers. Determine the number of days until the average first harvest is for that plant, and use this information to decide if there are enough days left in the season for your plant to grow successfully.

know which plants are best for your area by finding your planting/gardening zone and following the tips for growing in these areas. It is also a good idea to learn what native plants grow the best in your local climate, soil, and other growing conditions.

plant early in the morning to avoid the sun and heat.

water thoroughly once your plants are planted and continue to water daily for at least two weeks afterward to ensure that roots are well-established.


The Don’ts of Midsummer Planting

Don’t plant on days when the temperature is expected to rise above 100 degrees. Your plants can tell the difference between temperatures above 100 degrees and those below 90 degrees.

plant large shrubs or trees during this period. Higher temperatures can cause large plants to stress out, making it difficult for them to establish roots and survive.

forget to use things like shade cloths in your vegetable garden. Plants like peppers love shade cloth and need at least partial shade to grow successfully.

forget to take care of yourself! Wear mineral-based sunscreen, long sleeves, and a wide-brimmed cap for skin protection, and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle nearby.

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