Your Edible Summer Garden

The summer garden! Blazing heat brings a glorious bounty of edible blossoms, vegetables and fruit, sometimes too much to handle!

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Taken June 12, 2013 Los Angeles, CA (US)

It's not difficult to have a beautiful garden in summer. Here are some tips which can help:

Put in suitable plants for your heat zone and rainfall -- trying to grow desert plants in the tropics (or vice versa) probably won't work well.

Make sure you have proper irrigation -- not too much for your drought-tolerant plants, yet enough for your thirstier ones.

Be sure someone will be home to water and harvest when you go on vacation or away for the holidays.

Be vigilant to remove weeds and damaged or dead plant parts at once -- this will keep your yard looking clean and tidy.

Taken Feb 25, 2014 Christchurch, New Zealand

The best times to take care of your garden in the summer are early morning (before it gets too hot) and during twilight, that time after the sun has set but before it gets dark.

Watering during the late afternoon and early evening gives your plants all night to recover from the heat of the day and will prevent leaf burn from droplets of water left on the plant's leaves, which act like magnifying glasses during the day.

Do you have a edible summer garden?
Join our contest!

Best Summer Garden crown!

Here's how it works:

  • Each month, you may enter your home edible garden in our monthly contest.

Entries are given points for:

  • Hardscape (walls, paths, walkways, etc)
  • Overall design
  • Whether the garden complements this house
  • Use of edible trees and shrubs
  • Use of edible perennials
  • Use of edible annuals
  • Curb appeal (Is the garden attractive?)
  • Photo quality (How good are the photos?)
  • How many edible garden photos you shared during the summer

All of each month's entries which come from locations which are currently in Summer will be entered into the Summer Gardens contest!

See the entry (and winner!) of the June contest.

See the entry (and winner! of the July contest.

Enter the August contest.

The winner will get a $5.00 USD gift certificate to the online garden center of their choice, a tangible item (TBA) which will be shipped to them, and a badge for their website or blog. (plus bragging rights!)

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