Did you just move into a new house and decide to start working on your garden? Or, did you completely miss the spring planting season, and don’t want to wait until next year? There is good news for all beginning and avid gardeners, because mid-season gardening time is upon us. This is a chance to grow plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables with some precaution to the hot summer months. Some gardeners even go on to say that crops that are planted later in the season require less work as there are less weeds and pests that bother them. Read this blog for tips on what to grow during this season:
Potatoes: Potatoes are a great example of a vegetable that can be planted throughout the year. Different varieties can be planted at different times; and for mid-season, you can pick ‘Red LaSoda’ and ‘Yukon Gold.’ Plant potatoes in loose soil that is at least 10 inches deep or more, according to Mother Earth Knows. Keep in mind that they may need their own space because they like more acidic soil than other crops, a pH below 6.0. Mix an organic fertilizer that is high in nitrogen with compost, and plant.
Cabbage: Cabbage is another great choice for mid-season planting. Choose ‘King Cole’ or ‘Greenback’ varieties for this time of the year. Veggie Harvest advises that cabbage grows for a rather long time, and needs compost and a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and potassium, as well as very moist soil. Cabbage does need room for the leaves to grow, so space them about one to two feet apart.
Strawberries: Purdue University recommends that the types of strawberries to be planted in the summer are “‘Kent,’ ‘Mesabi,’ ‘Primetime,’ or ‘Cavendish.’” Strawberries are fairly easy to grow in a home garden, and don’t require much upkeep. They need a loamy soil type that is well drained as the fruit doesn’t like water to build up in the soil. It likes neutral to slightly acidic pH levels. Don’t plant them too deep in the soil, just covering the roots. Leave about two feet between plants as they like to spread out and will produce daughter plants.
Raspberries: These delicious berries ripen right after strawberries, and can also be planted during different times of the year depending on their sort. The following types can be planted mid-season: ‘Allen’ (black raspberries), ‘Liberty,’ ‘Latham’ and ‘Newburgh’ (red). You need to wait until the second season to see fruit; keep in mind that these berries like neutral to slightly acidic soil, and while they can grow anywhere, they prefer loamy soil and full sun. Add compost to the soil a few weeks before, and then plant about three feet apart. Some varieties will need support to hold up their leaves, so consider installing a trellis.
Coriander: Coriander is a great staple to grow in your garden from July to September. This fast-growing herb can be used for its leaves (called cilantro) and its seeds, so it has double the purpose. Coriander prefers soil that is well-drained and fertile. Pick a sunny spot and rake the soil, then space the herbs 12 inches apart.
Parsley: This herb is fairly easy to grow in or outdoors. July is the last month to sow it, and then it flowers until August. Parsley prefers part shade or full sun, making it comfortable in most places in your garden. Remember that the seeds grow slowly, and require about a month to germinate, especially in areas where the weather is cooler. This is why planting in the heat of July is better, and helps the plant mature faster.
Mid-Season Gardening Tips
- Remember that your geographic location plays a big role in what kind of plants you can successfully grow. Due to temperature changes and types of soil, some may do well in one state, but won’t have a chance in another. Check out USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find information for what to grow in your area.
- Many gardeners use chemical fertilizers, weed killers and other gardening aids to grow a more plentiful garden. However, you then eat these toxins when you consume the crops you grow. Therefore, stick to alternatives made with all natural ingredients, such as Dr. Willard’s PlantCatalyst, which will aid in keeping plants, fruits and vegetables healthier and more plentiful. The product results in larger and greener plants; earlier and more blooms; sturdier stocks; and greater resilience.
- While it’s exciting to plant new crops during the summer, don’t forget to care for the ones you planted in the spring. During this time, you should discard old blooms and stake any vegetables that require it. Trim plants and mulch flower beds. Also, don’t forget to keep up with your weeds!
Gardening is a year-round effort, and planting in the spring is not the only time commitment required. Mid-season gardening is a great time to not only plant new items, but also keep up with your existing crops. Happy gardening!