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 along in the heat. We recommend deep,

  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. Late summer, when you
  4. Leave spent late blooms to reseed or feed the birds.
  5. Keep track of your garden’s water needs – the upcoming summer to fall transition means soon you can dial back watering but until then, ensure your garden is getting the water it needs on these hot days.

We recommend deep, infrequent watering to ensure extensive, drought tolerant roots to grow. Water the soil to a depth of 2 feet throughout the summer when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. 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!