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Summer is well underway in the south and the garden should look great. Very soon though the heat and humidity gets to the plants as well as the gardener. Replant fast growing vegetables and look for seed to start for your fall garden.


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1. Summer Vegetables

Summer vegetables should be growing well by now, and knowing what to look for in the active growing season is key to having the vegetable mature.

2. Fast Growing Vegetables

With a long summer ahead, you can still plant some seeds to grow and harvest later in the year. Squash, melons and pumpkins are fast to germinate and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Southern cowpeas and okra can also be sown in June. Keep the seedlings damp to germinate and provide a shade cloth until the plants are well established.

3. Summer Pests Control

The start of summer sees the beginning of summer insects that are determined to survive as well. Pick disease or insect resistant varieties; scout for insects first thing in the morning and treat issues quickly. Keep the plants well fertilized and watered to maintain the best from your garden.

4. Fast Growing Annuals

Flowers that are started in early to mid-summer soon catch up to those planted a while ago. Like the vegetables, keep the seeds watered until they have germinated and started to grow well, and keep a shade cloth over them until they are well established.


5. Be ready for pests to arrive

Yes, pests will arrive so be ready with a good selection of repellant and controls