Discover the Secret of 'The Second Summer'

Originally Published August 12, 2018

Updated August 10, 2019

Back-to-school commercials? Already?! What happened to summer?!

If you are anything like me you are astounded by how quickly this year is moving. I hope you’ve taken some time to enjoy the summer months. But if summer has slipped by and you haven’t yet had time to do most of the fun things you wanted to do, don’t despair. There is still time. Most pools won’t close until after Labor Day, and the weather is still warm. Even if you are caught up in the planning for back-to-school, you can commit to squeezing in a bit more summer. Naturally, Hortiki and I think the best way boost to your summer vibe is - to start gardening!

Start a garden--- in August?

Yes, that’s right. In August.

In gardening there is a special, almost magical time of year known as the second summer. Read on to learn more.

#1 The second summer happens in the middle to late part of the summer. It's the time to start new crops that actually need to be started this time of year. That's right. It's not that you are taking a risk. Praying the fairies come out and help your crops grow against all logic. Midsummer heat is actually exactly what some crops need to grow best. (Squash is a classic example. Other cucurbits like melons and cucumbers, also do well in high summer heat). Some varieties of cucumbers and melons actually only need 55-65 days to go from seed to harvest. Don't be shy about getting started now.

#2 I get it. There is oppressive heat and 90% humidity this time of year. It is the least appealing time for us to be out in the garden, so what am I so excited about?

A) Second summer is the perfect time to update your indoor herb garden. Check out our blog post on summer container gardening for ideas. Use the free worksheet to learn perfect indoor herbs and succulents to grow now. They will help keep you cool while out enjoying the last days and rays of summer.

B) Second summer is the perfect time to start fall seeds indoors. Get the gardening glow from within your temperature-controlled summer retreat.

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