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How to Garden More in Spring So You Can Garden Less in July | Southeast Regional Report

Doing these tasks when the weather is milder means less work when the heat sets in

Photo: Paula Gross

I’m not here to pop the rainbow-colored bubble you call “spring,” but here in the Southeast, summer does follow closely on its heels. That first blast of humid air on a 90°F (or above) day can feel like Mother Nature just created a force field, repelling you from your own backyard. We eventually adapt, but the energy required for gardening doubles as our bodies are working hard against overheating. If I could, I’d swap more gardening energy now for more time relaxing in the garden—cool beverage in hand—this summer.

“For everything there is a season” tends to be pretty literal when it comes to gardening and the patterns of nature, but if you maximize your best practices in May, you can pull back a bit in July and not see the garden go to pot.

Photo: Paula Gross

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