SUMMER: June 20 - September 21
July 3 | Buck Moon
August 1 | Sturgeon Moon
August 31 | Blue Moon
+ Green Beans
+ Bell Peppers
+ Swiss Chard
+ New potato
Fire*side Reflection (The most honest and real answers surface when sitting around a campfire with friends and sometimes even strangers. Reflect on this question with loved ones or in your journal)
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
4(for) green acres tip or tidbit
The focus this summer is really going to be on water, which was June's challenge. Much of the country is still in drought and several wild fires are raging. Create a water budget for the summer and stick to it. Be wise with this resource.
The 4(for) green acres challenges this season will especially motivate you so be sure to participate each month.
Now that your summer garden has been planted, it's time to weed, mulch and add compost tea as a side dressing. Mulching is great because it helps control weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and keep plants with low hanging fruit from rotting when they touch the ground. Mulch doesn't have to be expensive. It can be as simple as leaves from the fall or straw.
Compost tea is natural fertilizer that will give your plants a boost just as they are starting to produce your harvest. I typically make my own (but I don't use an aquarium pump), but it's also available to purchase at garden centers.
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