Texas Summer Gardening Guide

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LGI Homes‘ spacious lots make the perfect place to start up a home garden, and the warm Texas sunshine is idyllic for allowing plants to flourish and grow. If you’re looking for a fun way to maximize your the use of your yard space and spend some time in the great outdoors, starting a summer garden is the perfect way to do so. And once harvest time rolls around, you’ll love having the ability to make a fresh salad or bake up some vegetable breads using ingredients grown right in your own backyard. Follow these helpful tips to make the most of your Texas summer garden.

STEP 1: Test Your Soil
Test the Soil The natural soils of Texas aren’t always ideal for plants, so take the time to have soil in the area you want to plan in tested. Find out how acidic or alkeline your soil is, and make adjustments as necessary to bring it to the perfect pH level. Add ground lime to your soil to make it more alkeline, or sulphur to make it more acidic, if necessary. Mixing in some organic, nurtrient rich soil to the natural dirt will make your plants extremely happy, and they’ll reward you by growing larger and brighter than they would in the natural dirt.
STEP 2: Prepare Your Garden Area
Preparing for Summer Garden Before you break out the gardening gloves and get to work, prepare the area you want to house your garden so it’s in top shape. Rake out your seed bed so it’s free of clods, clean away any debris and remove any weeds that are lurking, ready to attack your new plants. If you plan to install an automatic sprinkler system, it’s easier to do so before you start planting than after.
STEP 3: Select Your Plants
Summer Garden Plants Texas is ideal for growing a wide variety of vegetables, and most flowers will flourish in the climate. June through mid July is the perfect time to get started on growing some tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, turnips, squash, pumpkins and beets.
STEP 4: Water Frequently
Girl Watering Purple Flowers While your plants certainly won’t hurt for energy from the sun, the Texas heat can cause them to wither and die if left unattended. Be diligent in watering your plants on a regular basis, but try not to overdo it, as too much water can also cause harm.
STEP 5: Be Generous With the Mulch
Backyard Garden Mulch Incorporating plenty of organic mulch into your garden will help prevent weeds from sprouting up and strangling the roots of your plants. Mulch will also make it easier for your plants to conserve water and will keep your soil temperatures ideal so the roots of your plants don’t bake in the heat.
STEP 6: Keep the Bugs and Animals at Bay
Ladybug on Yellow Flower LGI Homes puts you in the center of it all, and many of our Texas communities feature nature areas and greenbelts that are home to a variety of wild creatures. From six-legged creepy crawlies to curious deer, many different animals could see your garden as a tasty snack. Planting marigolds near your vegetables will help keep bugs away, and installing a motion-activated sprinkler system will scare away rabbits, deer and other wildlife that creep into your yard.
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