Summer gardens are gardens that are planted and grown during the summer months. A summer garden can provide you and your family with bountiful harvests of fresh herbs and vegetables. Gardening during the summer months also helps you save a great deal of money on groceries. Before you start growing your summer garden, however, you will need to do some preparatory work in order to get it ready for your new vegetable and herb plants.
Decide on an area of your yard where you'd like your summer garden to be located. Take a day or two to observe your yard several times a day, and note which areas get the most sunlight. Your summer garden will need an average of 8 to 12 hours of sunlight per day. The shady spots might look inviting to you, but the shade could drastically affect how big your yields ultimately are.
Mark off the area where you want to have your summer garden. Use your hoe or spade to remove the grass, weeds and rocks from this area. It's a good idea to protect your hands with gardening gloves to prevent blistering.
Rent a motorized tiller or use a hand tiller in order to break up the ground. You will need to break up the soil at least 6 to 9 inches deep in order to give the seedlings' roots plenty of room to spread out easily.
Use your hand trowel to create small holes in which to place your seedlings. The depth should be the height of the plant's root ball plus 2 inches.
Remove the seedlings from their pots or flats. Do not do this by pulling on the stems you can do permanent damage to your plant by doing this. Instead, turn the container upside down with one hand, using the other hand to cup and catch the plant's root ball (ball of dirt and roots) when it slides out. If the plant doesn't slide out easily, gently squeeze or shake to break it free.
Place the seedlings into your summer garden patch in the holes that you've prepared. Gently brush the soil over the root balls and pat (not tamp) the soil around them. Take care to follow the directions on the packages regarding the spacing of each plant. This will give the roots of each plant ample space to grow outwards.
Maintain the summer garden by pulling weeds and keeping grass from growing in the garden. Water frequently enough to keep the soil moist. In some areas, this may mean watering several times per day.
Pick your harvests in a timely manner. Vegetables left too long in the ground will rot, which will attract pests or vermin.