Late Summer Gardening Tips

Summer provides a chance to appreciate the work done throughout the year and begin prepping the garden for the colder temperatures ahead. As you’re enjoying the August blooms, there are a few simple tasks that will help your garden continue to be its best.

  1. Harvest mid to late season veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and melons. Have an excess of these tasty veggies at the end of the season? Take a look at this awesome article from CSU with creative ways to preserve your extra!
  2. Re-apply mulch, as needed, to help keep moisture in the soil.
  3. Look to see if there are any gaps in your garden that you’d like to fill during the fall planting season or next spring. A great tip is to get in the habit of taking photos of your garden throughout the season and then go through them to see if you’d like anything to change or move around. Maybe you notice that one spot needs more height variation, or that you’re ready to try dividing one of your favorite, prolific bloomers and planting it in another area to have more of it. If you’re like me, your camera roll is already filled with garden photos that you took throughout the season without realizing they’d be helpful for future planning!
  4. Leave spent late blooms to reseed or feed the birds.
  5. Keep track of your garden’s water needs. Write on the calendar when you shifted your watering schedules and what the temperatures were. This will help you plant for next year. The upcoming summer to fall transition means you can dial back watering but until then, ensure your garden is getting the water it needs on these hot days. See below for additional watering tips.

We recommend deep, less frequent watering to ensure your plants are growing extensive, drought-tolerant roots. In summer when the top 2 inches of soil are dry, water the soil to a depth of 2 feet. Each gardening season in Colorado brings new challenges and successes and the end of the season is a great time of recap the season and plan for next year’s garden. Most importantly, enjoy your hard work and your garden’s beauty!