With summer here, many people are getting excited for their summer gardens. People plant all different types of things in their garden. Some people plant food to eat, others plant flowers and plants to improve the aesthetics of their yard. Either way, people love to garden. In fact, it is believed that around 35% of all American families plant a garden of some kind. 


However, gardening isn’t always easy. It can end up being a huge waste of time if your plants don’t grow how you expect them to. Not only that, but even a garden that grows well takes a lot of time and dedication. In an effort to help all the gardeners out there, this article will take a look at a few tips and secrets to get a start on your great summer garden. 

Plan Your Layout Early

Before you can even think about planting your garden, you need to plan the layout. You might have a similar layout every year, but the weather and conditions can change the lay of the land. Also, the amount of sun in certain parts of your garden can dictate where certain flowers and plants should reside. If you just plant without a plan, things can often go off the rails.


You should create some sort of visual diagram so you know exactly what to plant where. Not only that, but some plants need varying amounts of space, so be sure to account for that when planning your layout. Plan this out early, so you are able to plant as soon as possible to get the most out of your garden. 

Grow Things You Enjoy

As mentioned briefly in the introduction, planting and caring for a garden can take a lot of work. In order to ensure you are up to the task and remain committed to your garden, you should plant and grow things you enjoy. If you love what you plant, you will give it the full attention it needs to fully grow. 


For example, if you love using lemon mint in your baking, drinks or cooking, you should consider growing it in your garden. If you want to learn more about lemon mint and how to grow it, check out this blog article about lemon mint at Seed Needs. Whichever type of garden you want to grow, be sure the things you plant are things you love. If not, you could get bored or simply not care enough about your garden to tend to it.

Know Frost Dates in Your Area

There are few things worse for a garden than frost. Frost can kill any progress your plants have made, so before you plant, you should know your frost dates. Some plants require very long growing cycles, which may lead you to have to plant them when there are still chances for frost. However, this is quite risky.


Instead, considering planting crops with long growing seasons indoors to begin with. Once your frost dates have passed, you can transfer these plants outside and tend to your garden as normal. There are different organizations out there that can assist you in finding out the frost dates for your area. 

Plan for Weeds

In a perfect world, the only thing that would grow in your garden are the things you have planted. Unfortunately, that’s not often the case. Even in a garden that is incredibly well cared for, weeds are likely to find their way in. Not only do they look bad, but they can also stunt the progress of any plants you are trying to grow.


If you don’t plan for weeds ahead of time, they could ravage your garden. Thankfully, there are many different ways to plan for weeds and minimize their effect. These include using weed mats, utilizing mulch and ensuring you cultivate enough. 

Get Your Fertilization Figured Out

One of the best ways to help your garden grow as best as possible is to fertilize. Most standard soil simply doesn’t have enough nutrients to help plants grow. As a result, you should be sure to pick up some type of fertilizer. With so many kinds out there, speaking to an expert can help you know which kind to get. 


If you don’t feel like purchasing fertilizer, you can use compost. Of course, if you want to have enough compost to use as fertilizer, you will need to get it started early. While gardens can grow without fertilizer, it is affordable and easy enough to use that everyone should consider utilizing it. 


Hopefully this article has been able to help you learn a couple secrets to jump start your summer garden and make it the best it can be.