Summer holidays are just around the corner and you should start thinking about what to do with your garden before you leave it for a few weeks. Summer pruning, as well as sowing plants and vegetables, should be carefully considered and studied so as to prepare the ground well for the hottest months of the year. Let’s go in order!
Green Pruning: a Few Simple Tips
Green (or summer) pruning differs from autumn or spring pruning, as our plants and vegetables are already lush. It is therefore advisable to ask questions and carry out checks before taking action:
- Is it really time to cut? This question is especially useful for fruit trees. Only plants (such as apricots, currants, lemons) should be pruned and the branches that have already borne fruit should be removed. The rest of the plants, on the other hand, simply need a thinner that allows the canopy to stay clean, healthy and tidy and the flowers/fruits to grow more beautiful and in the same strength as before.
- What tools do I need? Surely robust and specific gloves, therefore anti-cutting and anti-scratch and sharp shears. These must be accompanied by bags or containers to remove branches, leaves and waste of all kinds.
- What are the risks and benefits? For those who are not in the trade, the risk is certainly to cut too much or at an inappropriate time. The advantage, however, lies mainly (and obviously) in keeping the plants alive and strong, but also to prevent some diseases typical, for example, of dry branches.
And After Cutting… Let’s Plant!
After pruning, we can go on sowing, an action that will allow us to reap great satisfaction. May is a month of transition to the great heat and is suitable for sowing carrots, cucumbers, beans, salads, eggplants, peppers, pumpkins and zucchini. Not to forget the whole family of cabbage and some of the most popular herbs, such as basil, celery and parsley. On your side you will have a favorable climate, which will allow you to work without the use of greenhouses or fertilizers!
Verde Cabiria, Your Gardening Business in Parma
Following these practical tips, accompanied by dedication and perseverance, your do-it-yourself gardening should seem easier to you and, why not, fun. But, for those who do not have a green thumb, no problem: the staff of Verde Cabiria will take care of your garden, with particular attention to pruning and, why not, even to a beautiful irrigation system that can support you even (and especially) in your absence.