Six Perfect Midsummer Garden Projects

Summer is half-gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing more to be done in the garden! Take advantage of the time you have left before fall and winter to spend in your beloved garden and work on keeping it up. There’s still so much you can do, even if it is nearly autumn.

Here are six gardening projects perfect for this midsummer season:

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maintenance tips for your gardenReady the Bulbs

This includes the bulbs that will turn into garlic and other members of the onion family, but for many of you avid gardeners, this means tulips. Tulips are one of the first flowers we get to see once it really feels like spring is here again, but if you want these vibrant flowers to come in spring, you have to get planning now.

Tulips are a little more finicky than other bulbs; they grow on a tighter schedule if you want them to come out right. Tulip bulbs should be planted six to eight weeks before the first hard fall frost comes; if you look that up, the first fall frost is less than six weeks away now for some gardeners (I’m talking to you, Tulip lovers of Montana).

Tulip bulbs should be held for as little time as possible before planting, so you don’t need to run out to a greenhouse and buy them now if your frost date is eight weeks out. However, if you order your bulbs online or from a catalogue, they may take a while to reach you, so you should choose and order your bulbs now.

When it is time to plant (soil temperature should be about 60 degrees Fahrenheit), plant your bulbs 8 inches deep in soil (from the base of the bulb).

Clean Your Garage and/or Shed

There’s no point in leaving your garden shed or garden-tool-filled garage messy and cluttered all winter or finding it that way in spring—spruce it up now, make it the last thing you do before your gardening season is officially done for the year.

Sweep up any spilled potting soil; consider transferring it, mulching materials, and fertilizers to large tupperware containers with scoops to make the process easier on yourself next year. Go through your tools; look for cracking and breakage on trowels and rakes and inspect your garden gloves for holes that could lead to a nasty surprise during spring.

This is also an excellent time to assess whether or not you should build a garden shed if you don’t already have one. If your garage is hard to walk through, you can ease the pressure for space by looking up garden shed plans online and getting such a shed to store your tools right where you need them.

If you already have a shed, take care of any maintenance such as paint chips or cracks in the wood.

 

Now you have plenty of garden projects to keep you bust before summer turns to fall!

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Nina Hiatt

Nina Hiatt researches and writes articles to help people find balance and beauty in their personal space through landscape and interior design. In her free time, Nina blogs about many of her interests, which include gardening, technology news, and baking.