Gardening is a fun and engaging activity that is great for your health. Spending time in the sun surrounded by nature is where it's at! It's also a great opportunity to spend time and teach your kids and you don't have to be an expert. With so many resources at our fingertips and helpful people at your local gardening centres all of us can reap the benefits of gardening. Here are some great tips that we've compiled to help you this Summer. Conserving Water 1) The Right Way to Water: Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to water your garden. It is not necessary to water foliage, or the area outside the plant's root zone. To avoid this don't bother with the MIST setting on your hose. Get right down to the level of the plant and use the SOAK or FLOOD setting. Water under the plants canopy so the water soaks down into the roots. 2) Be Deliberate When watering your plants stop when the water starts to puddle or run off. It needs a chance to soak in, run off ends up being wasted water. Same goes for your lawn, water that runs off the top of your lawn or the sprinkler misses it completely is also a waste. Water your lawn, not the house, patio and driveway! 3) Time of Day: If possible, try to water in the morning. It's cooler in the morning allowing the water to soak in all day. Often times if you water during the day and the sun is extremely hot, the water will evaporate or worse, the reflection can actually burn your lawn. Watering at night is better but the water still has a chance to sit there all night in the dark allowing bacteria to grow. 4) Getting Rid of Weeds: Here's a great way to conserve water in the Summer and kill pesky weeds at the same time. Heidi, our president, swears by this one. Poor boiling hot water over weeds as a non toxic way to kill them. Heidi says that if you use water that was just used for boiling fresh veggies like corn, you won't be wasting the water by pouring it down the sink. Planting 1) Getting Started: If time hasn't allowed for it or if you're just looking to fill some extra space, don't worry, it's not too late to plant a beautiful garden. I was personally just at my local garden store stocking up because a ton of their plants are now on special. Have a look at the above flowers, these are just a few of the gorgeous flowers that came home with me. So yes, there is still selection left and you're going to save some money. 2) Flowers to Plant now: Sunflowers are number one on our list, especially if you have kids. They are hearty and fast growing making them a good flower for kids to take care of. Not to mention you can eat the sunflower seeds once they are fully matured. Some other great colorful flowers that grow well in the Summer are: Goblin Blanket Flower, Red Valerian, Moonbeam Threaded Cereopsis, Pink Jewel Daisy Fleabone and English Lavender. If you happen to have or want to order our seed paper, all the wildflowers in the paper grow extremely well anytime of the year. 3) Vegetables to Plant Now: If you're looking to start and\/or add to your vegetable garden here's a great variety that grow well this Summer: Bush Beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, okra, Summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes. Something important to consider - Plant what you and your family will actually consume. This will help minimize waste and save you money on your grocery bill. For tips on where to plant your garden, how to prepare your soil, and maintaining your yard, you can refer back to our Easy Tips For Spring Gardening. Hopefully you find these tips helpful. If you have some great gardening tips to add, please share and we will add them to the list.