Growing your own food rewards you with a lower grocery bill and fresh produce from your own backyard. Gardening is a fun hobby that reduces stress. Even in mid-summer, it’s not too late for planting a garden.
Get Started Planting a Garden
Choose an area of your yard that gets a lot of direct sunlight; about 6-8 hours a day is necessary to grow vegetables. You can section off a garden plot in the yard, grow plants in containers on the back porch, or plant herbs in a sunny kitchen window. Make sure there is a water source nearby so you can easily hydrate your plants.
Prepare the soil by turning it with a shovel or tiller. Remove any large rocks or roots. Dig about 12 inches and add soil amendments like compost, making sure to mix well so you have ideal dirt for gardening. Rake the garden bed flat before adding plants.
Choose Plants for Your Garden
The middle of summer is a bit too late to put seeds in the ground and expect a harvest. Get your garden going with plant starts from a farmer’s market, nursery, or local hardware store. You can usually find varieties of culinary herbs along with vegetable plants.
For planting in mid-summer, look for fall crops like lettuces, turnips, and beets. You can grow radishes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Choose a few of your favorite cooking herbs to plant near the kitchen. Basil, oregano, and mint are popular and easy to grow.
Dig holes about twice as large as the root ball for each of your plants. Check the tag on the plant or search online for information about how far apart to space each plant. You’ll want them to have enough room to grow. Place each plant in a hole and replace the soil around the base of the plant. Water your new garden well, taking care to only water the soil, not the leaves of the new plants.
Fertilize When Planting a Garden
Your soil may not have the right nutrients or enough of those nutrients to grow healthy plants. Consider adding fertilizer to the holes as you place your plants in the new bed. There are also some types of fertilizers that can be added when you water the garden. Use a quick-release type fertilizer every few weeks while your garden is actively growing. Be sure to follow the directions and use the product only as recommended.