#9: Post Planting Tips for Success in Your Summer Garden


After you plant your garden there are a few really important things you can do to maximize production. And just because the planting might be done doesn’t mean it should be.

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If you’re listening or reading this in real time when the show gets released, you’ll learn some great tips that you can apply to your garden in real time. 

If you’ve already planted your summer garden you’re likely starting to see some great growth or may even be close to getting your first harvest.

I am starting to see some tiny green tomatoes and peppers and I am seeing great growth from all of the summer vegetables I directly sowed

But if you have not planted yet I encourage you to get your garden planted because you still have plenty of time!

Or even if you have planted, you can continue to plant all throughout the season for spaced out harvests which is one of the many benefits of growing a garden in Zone 9!

And now let’s get into today’s tips!

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Tip #1 – Replant Crops if Needed

In the beginning of the season if seeds don’t germinate within their recommended germination period I re-seed immediately so that the newly planted seeds are not far behind. Or if you have any plants that are growing poorly you should replant them. 

More often than not, the second round of seeds germinate even quicker because the soil is warmer than the first planting date. Which is exactly what happened this year when I re-seeded the crops that did not germinate the first time. 

I also only plant one seed per hole at my first planting date versus 2-3 seeds. We have such a long growing season and I know I’ll be able to re-seed anything that does not germinate the first time and so I don’t like to waste multiple seeds in one planting hole when they will likely all germinate. 

Tip #2 – Space Out Your Harvests 

One thing I like to do is plant multiple varieties of each crop versus all one variety. Then I space out the planting dates to space out my harvests. 

You can learn more about succession planting in this post here

For example, this year I planted five different winter squash varieties but I only planted one of each variety. But in about a month I’ll plant one more of each variety so that I can space out the harvests. 

You can do this with all of the vegetables in your garden as long as you have enough growing days left in your season for the plants to reach maturity. 

I have all of that information in my Complete Zone 9 Vegetable Gardening Guide

Tip #3 – Adjust Your Watering Schedule

The next tip after you plant your garden is to adjust your watering schedule as needed. In the beginning of the season soil needs to stay consistently moist for seeds to germinate and for young seedlings to grow healthy. 

This means you’ll need to water more frequently for shorter periods of time. 

But as plants get larger and roots get more established it’s better to water less frequently but for a longer period of time to encourage deep root growth. 

The most important watering tip is to always check your soil moisture and water according to your own observation. Everybody’s watering schedule is going to vary based on soil type, weather, if garden beds do or don’t have mulch, etc. 

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Tip #4 – Keep Gardening Notes and Records 

My last planting tip after you plant your garden is to keep good gardening records. I always record things such as when I plant, my expected harvest dates, the location of where everything gets planted, which varieties I grew, when seeds germinate, and anything that can help me in future gardening seasons. 

The more record keeping you do in your own garden the more information you’ll have to refer back to in future gardening seasons which is pure gold!

Nobody is going to have the same exact results and so if you can refer to your own experiences that is always best. 

You can use something as simple as a notebook or check out my Gardening Planner where I lay out all of the notes and information I feel is best to record each season. 

I hope today’s show was helpful and wish you the best of luck in your garden this season!

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