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Summer Gardening

With summer fast approaching there are many things yet to get done to be ready for this beautiful time of year. The kids will soon be out of school and there are activities to be planned. One of those actives can be helping to plant a vegetable garden. This fun activity will help your young ones to understand what it means to have responsibility to take care of something. The benefit is that at the end of the harvest you get to eat your produce and it’s organic. How do you get started though? Well, it’s important to note the zone you live in for your state, the vegetables you’re wanting it grow, and when to plant it.

  1. Your Zone

Every state has a zone and each zone will change what and when to plant each vegetable. This is because climates change and even the slightest of change affects the growth of the plant if not planted when it should be for the corresponding temperature that it needs to grow. There are many different websites that will give you what zone you live in and when to plant what. There are also websites that will tell you what to look for in a plant to tell if it’s not growing healthily and what the cause of that would be. This will help your garden to be successful.

  1. Which Vegetables?

With each place having a different climate it’s important to note that different vegetables will grow better in different climates. There are specific vegetables that do better in hotter climates. Here are some of the top vegetables to grow in the heat.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Southern Peas
  • Yard Long Beans
  • Hot Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Sunflowers
  • Amaranth
  • Malabar Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Eggplant
  1. When to Plant

Each plant has a different season to be planted in. Some start in March where other start in May. Planting according to the vegetable’s season will help it to grow full and healthy. You also should consider when your last frost will be. This will cause you to do research to know which vegetables that you need to start the seeding of inside your home and then transfer them outside to your garden after the last frost has occurred. Each plant will have a different harvesting time as well. This will allow you to really know when you should be getting your produce and when to pick them.

This summer don’t forget to plant a beautiful garden with your family. This will give you a fun activity to do together as well as help teach your kids valuable lessons. Another benefit is that you can save money with not having to get so much at the store and use what you’ve got in your garden. For your garden to be successful you must do your research, plan accordingly, and then follow through. McCaleb Homes understands that the beauty of a home is both inside and out. What better way to enhance the beauty of your home by planting a garden in the back yard.

By McCaleb Homes 5-16-2017