4 Mid Season To Do’s to Keep Your Garden Productive

4 Mid Season To Do’s to Keep Your Garden Productive

hi everyone well it’s great to be back
in the garden again from my coffee walk after visiting Gary and his wife Angela
at the wrested garden homestead over on the east coast it was so much fun
sharing with friends shooting videos harvesting and eating some fresh tasty
veggies I think one of the best parts about gardening is the friends that you
make and let me know in the comments what friends you’ve made in your garden
well today on my coffee walk I wanted to share with you four things that I’m
doing here in the mid season to really keep my garden growing because in the
midsummer there’s still plenty of time to grow some beautiful fresh tasty
veggies to harvest well into the fall home sweet garden coffee tastes so good
in the garden don’t you think well the first thing that I’m really focusing on
doing in midsummer is checking my garden daily for harvests you can see the
scarlet runner beans right behind me are flowering and producing once again they
put on a first crop in early summer took a little break and with some sunshine
they’re putting on a second crop aren’t those blooms absolutely beautiful now
especially vegetables like beans squash and cucumbers that grow really fast you
do need to check them daily if you miss a day you could have baseball bat size
zucchini or really big scarlet runner beans which isn’t so bad but I really
like them nice and fresh and tasty so let’s take a closer look and see all the
beans this plant is absolutely loaded with now it may seem kind of obvious for
a gardener but make sure you’re harvesting your vegetables
you’ve worked hard this summer to grow these beautiful veggies so make sure
you’re checking your garden daily and taking advantage of the wonderful garden
grocery store you’re growing in your own backyard
now beans grow so fast and if you’re not checking them daily they can very
quickly reach a large size least the scarlet runner beans can but the more
you pick the more they’re going to produce so with scarlet runner beans you
could definitely let them go to this size and then harvest them for the beans
dry them or save them for seeds but they’re super tasty when you harvest
them about 4 to 6 inches long you could just boil them or roast them in the oven
but they do like to hide underneath so whether you’re growing the pole beans
the scarlet runner beans or just regular bush beans make sure you lift up and get
underneath the vines see there’s some hiding back here this one got away from
me and picking all the beans that are underneath too and these little
teeny-tiny beans believe it or not just in a few days will grow to a really nice
size for harvesting there are just hundreds of beans on here so if you want
to grow a really productive bean that’s also very beautiful I highly encourage
you to grow the scarlet runner beans they get to about ten to twelve feet
tall so you do need a large trellis for them and I have the seeds in my bean
seed collection this plant is just loaded down with hundreds of beans it
really grew while we are wet will we’re away so much fun to see all the growth
in the garden once you get back from being gone don’t you think now let’s go
check out the zucchini nice little harvest of beans to start the morning
off I’ll come out and harvest some more after I shoot the video down my way over
to the zucchini I noticed the strawberry crate tower the strawberry kale crate
tower that we planted a few weeks ago is looking good it grew like crazy while we
were gone I love the look of it actually popped in a few more tiny tim tomatoes
in the top cuz i didn’t have anywhere else to plant them so i probably enough
transplanting those somewhere else to another side of the garden but there’s a
couple little strawberries they’re actually ready to harvest let’s grab
those on our way by here now another reason why it’s really important to make
sure that you keep up on the harvesting here in the mid season is that if you
don’t the pests and the critters tend to come in so make sure you’re checking
your garden daily and harvesting everything so that you get it before
they do these strawberries looks so tasty these are the Sequoia strawberries
just planted a few weeks ago that one’s not quite red so I’m going to leave that
one and already harvesting so these will go on my morning smoothie now we all
know how quickly zucchini grows this plant grew by leaps and bounds while we
were gone and there’s a zucchini hiding underneath there that I have been dying
to harvan so let’s get in there and check it out
hopefully it’s not a baseball bat sighs that’s the thing about zucchini it’s
such a power producer that sometimes if you miss a day it can really get
oversized but no problem the big zucchini are always really good in
zucchini lasagna this one actually looks just about the right size I just twisted
it off here that is absolutely beautiful I think that one might go on the grill
tonight one thing that grew by leaps and bounds when we were away too is the
cucumbers they were about halfway up the trellis
when we left and now I have one that’s almost to the top and I know there’s
several that are ready to harvest now one thing about cucumbers you want to
try and pick them when they’re young otherwise they do tend to get a little
bit bitter so this one here is the Boston pickling cucumber that just looks
so delicious I love fresh cucumbers now if you do pick them and they’re
oversized what you can do is cut the ends off a lot of times the bitterness
will be concentrated on the ends but the middle will be nice and fresh and tasty
so let’s take a look in here and see if there’s any more they’re ready to
harvest oh I see one right here oh that just looks so good I think we’re
gonna be making a cucumber salad today for lunch we have anymore
again you want to lift them up because they do like to hide underneath this
plant is absolutely loaded down with flowers oh there we go this one might be
a little bit oversized delicious the second thing to do in your garden mid
season to really keep it producing is to fertilize now especially after
harvesting or pruning your plants really need a boost to keep them healthy to
keep them producing and you want to feed them with a water-soluble fertilizer or
add some compost to your soil so in addition to adding compost or worm
castings around the base of the plants I’m also giving them a good dose the
good dirt plant food the vermis Terra worm tea which are both water-soluble
now the good dirt plant food is great because it’s a 10 for 3 NPK which gives
them the nitrogen helps them produce that green leafy growth and also helps
them with blossom and fruiting and the vermis Terra worm tea just helps them
overall be healthy the diseases generally tend to creep in midsummer and
this provides them a slow and steady growth a good dose of good bacteria and
microbes and really keeps them going so I add that two pumps of the good dirt
plant food to my watering can and about a quarter cup or half a cup of the worm
tea to the watering can and there’s just pretty much douse my whole garden with
it so the first step is harvesting in the midsummer second thing to do in
midsummer is to fertilize no matter what products you’re using to feed your
garden it the important thing is that you stick to a schedule I fertilize my
in-ground garden about every three weeks you might need to do it more often if
you live in an area where you get a lot of rain maybe every two weeks and my
containers about once a week so that really helps keep them healthy and
producing especially here in the mid season now the third thing that I’m
doing here in the mid season is spraying for pests and diseases usually about
midsummer is the time when those things usually creep in
pretty fortunate hasn’t been too hot here yet so we haven’t had a lot of pest
and disease yet here in Southern California but I know it’s coming so let
me just share what I’m gonna be doing about that when it comes to pests and
disease management prevention is really the best cure you definitely want to
take care of the problem before it gets out of hand once it gets hot I have a
huge problem with spider mites especially on my tomatoes so I have neem
oil peppermint oil and a natural soap mixed up here in this sprayer and I have
another video on the formula that I use the neem oil helps disrupt the life
cycle of the chewing and sucking insects and the peppermint oil masks the scent
of the plants so the insects are deterred from chewing on the leaves now
a lot of people think neem oil hurts bees you do want to get out here and
spray early in the morning before the bees are out and what happens is the
neem oil dries on the leaves and the chewing insects when once they munch on
the leaves will take a bite of that neem oil and then their life cycle will be
disrupted so it really doesn’t harm the bees because they are not chewing on the
leaves but again prevention is the best cure
spray your garden down about once a week if you have an infestation you want to
spray it every three to five days and you can pick up both of these products
over the Rusted Garden Calm I’ll put links in the video description for them
and when you’re spraying your plants always make sure that you do a test
spray first spray down a couple of leaves wait 48 hours to see if there’s
damage because different sprays will react differently in different climates
so if there is damage to your plants just adjust the quantities of the oil or
the soap that you’re using and test spray again no damage then you can spray
down your entire garden tastes so good well my goal as a gardener is to always
have something to harvest and the fourth thing that you can do midsummer to keep
your garden producing is don’t stop planting so let me show you a few things
I’m planting right now to keep my garden producing throughout the summer and
into the fall so here in the mid season it starts to get really really hot and a
great thing to grow in the heat of the summer are heat tolerant greens now many
of you know that lettuce just doesn’t do well in the high temperatures but it
doesn’t mean you have to stop growing salad grow heat tolerant greens some
great ones to grow are some kale I’ve got some red Russian kale started here
and I think this is a purple kale which is really really pretty the blue Scotch
curled kale is a super hearty variety of kale and very very tasty and these
really hold up well to the heat even to a hundred degree temperatures and the
great thing is they’re also very cold tolerant here I have some chard growing
which is also very heat tolerant these are all very easy to grow from seed and
I am gonna be doing a video this weekend on growing heat tolerant greens now some
other things that are really easy to grow in the late summer are squash and
beans and actually have these in my late summer garden seed collection but it’s a
good idea to get a new wave of squash beans and even cucumbers going in the
late season in case any of your plans die out get taken by pests or diseases
and here I just have a little growth station here you can pop some seeds and
cups which I’m going to be doing today and it’s warm enough to grow them right
outside or you can grow them indoors under grow lights now if you’re one of
those people that lives in a northern climate and you have a short growing
season you may even want to get some of your cool weather vegetables going now
so as the weather cools off you’re gonna have transplants ready to put into your
gardens you can start from seed indoors because it might be too hot outside for
them and in about a month you will be good to go so take a few minutes here in
the mid summer to get yourself a new round of healthy strong veggies growing
so you have something to harvest well into the late summer and into the fall
months if you need seeds grab yourself one of the heat tone green seed
collections the fall garden or the late summer garden collections are a great
way to start and I am running a sale on my website 15% off all seeds and
containers with the code midsummer through Monday July 15th
what a fun coffee walk this morning you can’t beat starting the day off with the
harvest well make sure that you’re sticking to these four things here in
the mid season check your garden daily for harvest so you don’t miss any of
those fresh tasty veggies stick to a regular fertilizing pest control and
disease control routine and make sure that you don’t stop planting well
comment below let me know how your summer garden is doing and what’s your
harvesting thanks so much for watching


68 thoughts on “4 Mid Season To Do’s to Keep Your Garden Productive”

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    What mid season harvests are you bringing in? Thanks for watching!

  • Archana Ladhe says:

    Great video, you're work in the garden inspired me a lot, this year I planted, cucumbers, luffa(sponge guard), okra, purslane, spinach

  • Jesse Greenough says:


    I use neem oil as well. I do have a follow up question for you. Bees don’t chew leaves but they do pollinate blossoms. I am not sure of the actual pollination process, but couldn’t that process harm them when the blossoms are hit with neem oil as well?

  • Ken Riccio poems says:

    What could be better, fresh coffee, a beautiful morning with beautiful Cali Kim, like a breath of fresh air,. thank you, Kimmy, your videos are wonderful and very helpful.. respectfully ken

  • SoulGardener74 says:

    Good morning! Your garden is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!! I'm checking my garden daily yesterday I spotted a little watermelon growing and got really excited. I went ahead and covered it up in advance because I don't want anything to happen to it. It's my first watermelon and I'm looking forward to watching it grow. I'm also checking my beans and peas everyday because ants are constantly invading that space transporting aphids so every day I'm out there washing them off.

  • The warmth has finally arrived in Idaho! Thanks for the preview of what my Boston Pickling cucumbers should be looking like in a few weeks!

  • Love fresh veggies! I noticed that you have trouble with spider mites every year outside and here in Coastal NC we don't get them. It's the humidity here. I know they say not to spray leaves of tomatoes but I think in this case it may help you. I'd try spraying/watering them with a shower hose nozzle in the morning from top to bottom and see if that helps. When I bring my lemon tree or any house plant inside to overwinter, they will get spider mites if I don't mist them with water almost daily because the air is dry inside compared to what they were used to outside here. Have a good one and happy gardening 🙂

  • G'day. Really enjoyed your visit with Gary. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to start my scarlet runners. Soon. I have an arch ready n waiting for them. Yours look amazing. I sourced out a smart pot [grow bag] supplier out here in NSW for cheap so now I have 10 in each size. Now I have to get some more soil n compost in. also some more trellising materials so as to make the most of my small space. Blessings

  • Kim, do you need to string these particular beans? or prepare them in any way for cooking? Im looking for a low interaction bean, and the blooms on this variety would be a huge boon!

  • Home Cents With Nell says:

    Again, thanks for the awesome tips. I had no idea when to my fertilize container gardens , and I also thought it was too late for me to plant anything else!

  • Barbara Hawkins says:

    CaliKim and Camera Guy, soooo very happy you guys are back home. Lost in the garden without ya ! Missed your live morning coffee walk…with a good reason, I had Jury Duty. Well, happy you escaped the earth quake hope you did not receive any damage…yeah, 4th of July started off kinda scary. Also, happy you got to go to Gary and his wife's home. HAPPY YOU ARE BACK !

  • Hi Cali. Planted zucchini and yellow squash in the spring they come up beautiful flowered but unfortunately no fruits what am I doing wrong this s my second year I am about to pull them out

  • Kim awesome video!!
    My cuks are on the way can’t wait to try!! Send you the pics on insta please check it out!😍

  • desiraemonique says:

    I started my seeds in late March, I bought all the best soils, composts, peat moss, etc and my plants are still tiny. The only thing that has flowers is a few tomato plants. My green beans and cucumbers completely dried ul to a crisp and died, but those were still only a few inches high. I am in Arizona and it's been 95-105 for the past two weeks so I'm hoping thags the reason. It's very disapointing, everything still basically looks like seedlings. Any ideas on what went wrong?

  • West Coast Gardener says:

    Great tour Kim! We’ve had some damp weather. Early blight on potatoes and grey Mold on strawberries 😱

  • love, love, love this video. I remember learning all of this from you in the past couple of years and it's nice to have it all in one place now. These are all memories now: low productivity…surprise pest ambushes…wasting food in the garden…at least, I'm getting there lol. My biggest mistake sounds silly but I was sometimes caught surprised by harvesting because then I was like, now what? So to this I'd add gathering simple recipes for the veggies and fruits we plant. As for friends in the garden, I feel like you and Gary and a bunch of other YouTube gardeners are my friends 🙂 but I would of course like to make friend IRL and particularly in my zone. I feel a bit isolated in my garden at home tho.

  • Hi Kim! I been harvesting my big cucumbers and peppers. My watermelon is growing and the corn is okay I say this because it leaves are a little yellow. I got more mint then I know what to do with. My tomatoes got attached by leaf-eating beetles but I put diatomaceous earth on it and it seems to be okay now.

  • Amazing Grace says:

    Hi Kim, I am regular viewer of your channel. I love to grow my own vegetables. But this year I am not having any success. Few days ago I had to remove almost 10 pumpkin plants because all of them were eaten by squash vine borer. It’s really disappointing and saddening for us after all this hard work. Do you have any ideas how to handle this kind of situation? And also is it too late to plant some seeds again?

  • luccas dreams says:

    can you make a video how to eat and what you can and can not eat of the beans in your garden …some people do not now how to make and eat the beans from the garden

  • Those Boston cukes are my favorite. Take a food container and fill it with Boston cuke spears, add chopped garlic, chopped onions, dill, black pepper and cover with white vinegar. Let that sit in your fridge for a week and you have an amazing summer treat. No canning or fuss..  Thumbs up for coffee in the garden Kim!! 🙂

  • Bennys Gemüsegärten says:

    Ein tolles Video Kim mit vielen Tollen Tipps Liebe grüße aus Deutschland dein Kanal ist echt Klasse

  • Kim, I’ve gotten some huge cucumbers too. Those ones I use to make my relishes because they get put into the food processor and nobody knows the difference. In fact I’m having some of last years relish o a few crackers for my lunch today.💜🦋

  • Your veggies look great! I’m hopeful for my cucumbers. There’s nothing better than fresh veggies from your garden.

  • Flander M. Anderson says:

    all my garden friends have move on to the heavens,.. I hung with old people,.. with all them, to learn how to garden, and they was my friends, if friends means people you talk to work and learn from ?

  • Amanda Loewen says:

    Fresh cukes are awesome! I just picked a few the other day. They were very tasty! I've also picked 2 zucchini so far. My Jimmy Nardello pepper plant has quite a bunch of peppers on it which is great, but I do wonder when are Jimmy Nardello peppers mature/ready to pick? Do they need to turn red on the plant first? This is my first time growing this variety. It was lovely to see you and Jerry having a holiday visiting friends. Sometimes its kinda neat to see other peoples twist on a similar interest, like how gardening conditions are different from the West coast to the East and the changes that get made to accommodate the dry/wet conditions. Thanks for sharing you're holiday with us.

  • Shakena Mincey says:

    Question: About how many strawberry plants do you think it would take to get a good size harvest. And which type of strawberry variety to plant (they can grown in multiple seasons) . I'm in Georgia zone 7b and it has been really hot.

  • SantaAnaRoadWildman says:

    You're back! Just harvested my 1st purple pole bean this season. Tomatoes still very green. Our highs top out at mid 80s up here in the 831 so far this season. The visit with Gary was great!

  • I am curious. You talk of mid summer in video. First day of summer is June 21st. How can it be mid summer now? I am in No. Ca. and just getting squash like zucchini and tomatoes just starting also. We are hot usually up to and thru Oct. First day of fall is September 23rd. So, I am confused by saying mid summer. Do you mean plant some things now to harvest mid summer? Thanks!! I also sent you the information on citrus fertilization. How are your citrus doing? Thanks again!!

  • eaglebeyblade says:

    Hello I just came back to your channel I'm still subscribed I recently picked my lemons from last year I'm not sure what to do with them? Can you give me some advice what to do to keep care of it for next year?

  • HafizahWaa Channel says:

    Hi kim..nice to see you again after you at Gary's Home..
    By gardening, i've got so many friends in facebook.. They came from entire Malaysia. Some of them came from same place with me.

    I feel so lucky to have this passion. Like us, i can see u and your garden, even our country was so far away.. Tq kim, tq youtube..

    Sincerely, Hafi Waa

  • can you do a video on growing and caring for thyme ? every time I grow thyme it dies pretty fast . ive got many kinds of herbs . but cant seem to get thyme right for some reason lol thanks your garden videos help me out here in Louisiana . since nobody I know or my age early 30s gardens for their own healthy food i don't have any body local to talk to about it lol

  • Richard Miesell says:

    Here in lousiana and also in Florida, many veg suffer in the relentless sun and humidity, but even with certain greens and tomatoes looking very ragged with many browning leaves, as long as you keep watering and providing nutrients they can survive the longest, hottest days of summer and then gain a second wind towards late summer and early autumn and put out new growth and new veg. Tomato plants can actually put out many new leaves and blooms again and last right up to a hard freeze in late autumn. I had some survive up to about Christmas time last year. Planting location is key to providing the late afternoon shade that they need. They need that reprieve from the scorching sun and heat. And water daily is essential during the hottest months particularly with container growing. By the way your garden looks excellent and those scarlet runner beans are fantastic. They add much style and great appearance to the gardens. And style certainly matters as much as practicality, and healthy organic plants. It all works together for the true essence and art of gardening.

  • Hi Kim! Welcome home! Glad you had so much fun with Gary and on the East Coast.

    I have a question. My garden is just getting into swing. Haven't had much issue with bugs yet. A few smaller spiders. But spiders are our friends, right? So I tolerate them. Hahaha. Is the fact that I'm growing in bags two floors off the ground helpful to me in terms of bugs? Will they have more trouble finding my plants? Maybe I'm being naive and a bit uneducated in the garden but I'm hoping we can hide up here way off the ground.

  • The Rustic Ranch Garden says:

    Daily check up for sure. Everything looks nice. love your garden as always. God bless you. The beans I ordered from you are looking pretty good in my garden. The kentucky wonder is growing up my trellis. thank you. Bertha in TEXAS.

  • Thehealingberrygarden says:

    So nice you started the coffee walks again. Always good to see your garden thrive. It is like visiting an old friend. 😉

  • Sydnee McCabe says:

    I just started my first ever garden in Southern Temecula, CA this year with your guidance/advice. I can’t wait to see what happens!!

  • My garden? I have about 200 tomatoes on my plants, and it's so hot, they aren't turning red/purple Frustrating! (I know I'll get some when the heat breaks, but like a little kid, I want some NOW!!!) Good advice from you.

  • Angela Walton-Raji says:

    The most important tip that I have gotten from you Kim in recent months has been that one should keep planting! As simple as it sounds–the act of starting seeds throughout the growing season has made such a difference for me, this year! I kept wondering why my harvest season was over before summer ended, and this advice from you to keep planting has made such a difference. And now I have planned for late summer and am about to plan for fall as well, and this has made me a gardener who is working with the seasons, and not around the seasons, once again, thanks for your advice and helpful tips.

  • Stacey Here we grow again says:

    This was such a great video Kim! Such Great beans, cucumbers and strawberries..mm mm good. I love growing fresh produce and can't wait to start harvesting this fall here in Central Florida. I did want to let you know as one gardener friend to another, that Neem Oil can harm bees when sprayed directly on them which is where most get confused. They won't get hurt after it dries you are so right, but if you accidentally spray them, it can harm or even kill the bees (unfortunately it did happened to me before) We have to protect those little guys don't we 🐝 I usually spray at night when the sun goes down or very early in the morning before they or the sun comes out. Thanks so much for sharing a great video! I always enjoy watching!

  • JoAnn Oliveira says:

    My mouth was watering watching all that picking!!😋 We are going pretty well, but I need to convert our strawberries to a crate tower. I watched your video on that and never did it🤦🏻‍♀️ Definitely going to get the supplies this year, so we can have more berries next summer!! Happy Veggie Hunting!

  • About two weeks ago I fertilized all my garden veggies with a mixture of water, fish emulsion and epsom salt. Today I went out to the garden and the leaves on my tomato plants are turning brown. When I watered my tomato plants I put a full coffee container of the mixture on each plant. Don't know what to do as the tomatoes were doing so well and had just now started ripening. Have I killed the plants?

  • My zucchini plants are just growing tall but not a single flower this season. I planted in April in zone 7b. Does anyone know why? I do feed them with vermistera worm tea.

  • Schedule schedule schedule…..I can tell you have been hanging out with Gary. You both are such great gardeners. Thank you for the great tips.

  • Hello Kim we sent you 2 or 3 Cell video's to show you how well our Beef stake tomato plant is coming along, Thank you so very much for your follow up advice to us!! Mand J C

  • Gabriella Pence says:

    we bought a house this summer in northern Cali. The previous owner had already started her garden here which I'm so happy about. The only problem is that I have Never gardened before and am struggling. Im not sure if things are over watered or underwatered etc.. I just happened to be looking how and when to harvest eggplant this morning and your video popped up. Thank You Thank You for all your tips. I have been binge watching your videos and feel much better about what im doing

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