Some might think that once spring is over, that you can’t or shouldn’t garden into the summer. Well, we believe in inspirational gardens all year round, and have some tips for how best to add new plants to your yard even in the middle of summer.

As long as the soil isn’t frozen or exhibiting standing water – you can successfully plant! If it’s too hot, always try to water the soil the day prior, when you are planning to work the soil and plant. This will do a lot of the work for you, and make the overall job that much easier.

The trick to planting in the summer, is really to ensure that you are available to consistently water your new plants. This is not the time to leave on an extended vacation, leaving the watering to your neighbor.

Adding a transplant fertilizer is also advised, the only consideration is not to apply if the plant is dry to the point of being wilted, unfortunately fertilizing at this time won’t help. Al’s Transplant Fertilizer is water soluble and all purpose, so it can be used both on house plants and your outdoor yard. Simply add to your water prior to watering, per the instructions on the label.

Adding water prior to, during and after planting ensures that the plant is able to take up both water and nutrients needed for a good start. I start with my trusty yard bucket filled with water. After digging my hole, I fill the hole with water and allow it to be absorbed into the soil. Then I place my plant, still in its plastic container in the bucket, watching for air bubbles to emerge as the soil again absorbs water and releases air. Then I plant, and water the plant again. This triple planting strategy has generated great results.

Watch how Garden Time does it!

Water #1

Water in the hole prior to planting.

Water #2

Using a garden bucket filled with water, submerge your plant in its plastic container and drain. Repeat as required to ensure that the soil content has absorbed as much water as possible.

Water #3

Once planted, water in your plant. Repeat as necessary, until the plant is well watered in and the soil has naturally compressed.

Watering in the morning is always advised, because the water has the entire day to transpire and evaporate, leaving you less susceptible to mildew. During summer though, you may need to water both morning and evening to stave off some of those hotter days.

Another sure way to save all that water and be good to the soil at the same time, is to mulch. By placing compost around all of your plants, you’re creating an additional barrier and enabling the plant to fortify itself, and preserve moisture.

So if you’re committed to your garden and don’t want to waste a single month available to plant, make sure you’re mudding in your plants and mulching. It’s one way to keep your passion going well through summer.

More Resources!

Late Summer Planting

This Summer, Escape To Your Own Foodscape

Caring for Houseplants in the Summer