It's early August and things are really heating up… here are my hot summer garden tips.
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Watch today's video for my tips on gardening when the summer gets hot, including tips on keeping the weeds down, watering strategies, and continual growth throughout the summer!

For more tips on how to keep weeds out of the garden, check out our blog post:
And for gardening mistakes to avoid, check out this blog post:

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  • Teri Soto

    What a BEAUTIFUL GARDEN. Looks like everything is growing like it was done all by nature.

  • Erika Cronje

    Thanks for all the tips, I am starting to plan my Spring/Summer garden as I am in Southern Hemisphere, but storing away all the tips 😀

  • Natasha S.

    Great tips! I got overrun with weeds in some beds…just had so much to do that I ended up not staying on top of it. I tend to water mostly when I have seeds planted and then as they are young. Then I water really deeply (or after a real soaking rain) and follow with a mulch very heavily. I find I don’t have to water hardly at all after that.

  • John Dalton

    Fabulous video, garden and presentation. Thank you.

  • Deborah Tofflemire

    Thank you so much. This helps.

  • Connie Blasingame

    Fewer weeds also has a lot to do with where you live……we very seldom have to water (not a single time this year), but we grow jungles here in N. Alabama…..Larry @ Scoot’s Organic.

  • jen m

    MULCH! I couldn’t garden with out it. It is the most valuable tool I have. Thanks for the great video’s keep’m coming.

  • Marco

    Great watering tips Josh, thanks. It’s always windy here, and it’s been triple digits for a couple months, so you did point out a few ways that would help me to water more efficiently. I will implement that strategy and see how well it works for my area.

  • Shannon Weber

    Any advice on how to prevent or get rid of corn fleas?? I seem to get them every time I try to raise corn .. I try to avoid pesticides but my corn failed from heat and corn fleas this year …

  • Roy Schneider

    How do you know how long to water to achieve deep watering once a week?

  • Beth P

    Thank you for showing No Till. Where I am, farmers use Roundup around their corn, just so they don’t have to weed. Then they sell the corn to people. Of course, I don’t buy it from them. But if I see a small time farmer with a few weeds around his/her corn, I’m the first in line, because they aren’t using roundup on their soil.

  • Deb Kincaid

    Very interesting. Good info.

  • wendy plear

    Love the new intro… Reminds me of the show Heartland! Thanks for the this!

  • Erin Grant

    Great info! Can you please do a video on how you control pests? I am trying to control pests naturally without harsh pesticides, but it’s a losing battle! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Coe

    Thanks for the point about deep watering

  • Sammy Geiger

    Do you have a video on your watering system? I’d love to see more about the overhead water system, plus do you water from your well, do you collect rainwater, greywater etc? Thanks for the tips, garden is looking great!

  • Amanda Wood

    1inch water? Does this mean that I should apply enough water so that the soil is moist to the depth of one inch?

  • finding.liberty

    Thank you for this video! I do have a question: my sister (albeit we live in Texas) grew corn one year and did overhead watering, but when she went to harvest the corn, there was mildew all over them on the inside. Does your corn do this? If not, how do you prevent mildew in your corn? Does anybody else have any experience and tips with growing and watering corn? Thank you! 🙂

  • Cynthia Spence

    When and how do you harvest seeds for the next season?

  • Gail Johnson

    The first weed you outlet from your garden. They are all over mine. Good thing they are easy to pull out

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