Gardening Tips for Warm Climates

Soil Quality is important for warm climates. Photo: benketaro via Flickr.

Gardening tips for warm climates is a popular area of discussion among those who enjoy gardening. Many factors can affect the quality and bounty of the plants in your home garden. One of the most important of those factors is temperature. If you live in a warm climate zone (find your zone here), then you enjoy much longer seasons for growth, warm soil, and often don’t have to deal with frost dates. Still, gardening for your climate is important to the success of your crops, so read on for the best tips for warm weather.

Use Quality Soil: Warm weather means more bugs! Combat this potential problem by keeping your plants and soil healthy. Choose a high-quality soil with plenty of nutrients and fertilizer. If your pest problem persists, opt for a natural remedy like lime juice or pepper mixed in with the soil. More on choosing plant soil here.

Keep Soil Cool: It can be tough to keep plants from getting too hot, especially during summer months. To keep the soil cool, add a layer of mulch over the top. Also, be careful not to over water (this could have negative effects on soil temperature).

Choose the Right Crop: Many plants and vegetables don’t like warm weather and therefore, won’t grow successfully in this unique environment. Choose crops that thrive in warm weather. Here are a few of the best vegetable varieties (you can find more here):

Gardening fresh vegetables
You can get fresh produce, right in your own backyard. Photo by @joefoodie via Flickr

Beans: Beans thrive in warm weather with plenty of sunshine so these crops do very well in dessert or tropical climates. Green beans, Soy beans, and Lima beans are great options.

Sweet Corn: Corn is one of the most popular crops in the United States. Corn can grow in a variety of environments but does best in warm weather. Keep in mind that these crops can grow up to 6 feet, and may be too tall for some gardens.

Squash: Be sure to choose a summer variety of squash. These squash are meant to be grown in warmer weather and are among the easiest crops to grow.

Zucchini: Zucchini cannot grow when frost is a possibility. This is why it is such a great (and tasty) warm-weather crop.

Herbs: Warm climates support a wide variety of different herbs. Basil and chamomile are two popular choices for warm weather.

Water Plants in the Morning or Evening: Make sure to saturate plants deeply so they receive adequate hydration to last throughout the warm day. To ensure the water saturates the roots and soil, use low water flow for a longer duration of time. You can do this with the hose, but it’s easier to install a Drip irrigation.

Use Drip Irrigation: This is a great way to conserve water and  will also provide convenience- many drip irrigation systems can be set up with a timer so that you don’t have to remember the watering.

Warm weather doesn’t have to be an end to healthy, abundant gardening. Whether you grow vegetables or flowers, follow the tips above to be on your way to cool crops.

Do you have any great tips for warm weather gardening? Let us know below in the comments.