Over the past 2 growing seasons, you all have taught me a number of things about gardening. And I wanted to share a few of them as we start into another growing season!
- Pollinators – Adding flowers that attract bees to your garden is essential. Bees are necessary for pollinating the plants in your garden. And they are needed to pollinate the squash flowers, to get squash to them grow. No pollination in the squash means no squash! So add some bright and colorful flowers to your garden to bring in those bees.
- When to Plant Green Beans – If you’d like to not having to worry about bugs eating the leaves, then you should wait until June 1 of later to plant your seeds. Green beans grow so quickly and they have plenty of time to grow big and strong beans before the end of the summer. After June 1, the bugs will be gone and you won’t have to worry about fighting the little boogers. I tried it last year and it totally worked!
- Soil and fertilizer – Fertilize it and fertilize it well. Research and learn about what the needs of different vegetables and fruits in your garden. You might have to use a few different fertilizers for the different vegetables and fruits. I recommend fertilizing with a strong fertilizer at the start of the growing season. Then one time a month through the rest of the summer with a basic, regular strength fertilizer.
- Dishsoap for Bugs – When you find that there are bugs chewing on the leaves in your garden. Mix up a solution in a spray bottle with a few drops of dishsoap. Shake it up and then spray on the affected leaves. The dishsoap will deter the bugs from chewing more on the leaves.
- Be patient! It is crucial that you wait to plant those seeds that can’t tolerate frosty temperatures after the danger of frost has passed. Maybe even a week after! It’s tough being patient, but it’s worth it in the end!
Do have any fabulous tips or tricks to share that have helped you grow a plentiful harvest from your garden?!