ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Maintain the Zone 3-4 Mid-Season Garden

Updated on May 31, 2013

zone 3-4 garden

How long is your gardening season? Do you know your climate zone? Knowing the answers to these two questions will help you grow plants suited to your region. For example, here in Northern New Brunswick the last frost date is generally considered to be May 28 and the first frost date September 18.

However, when planning to put temperature sensitive plants out May 28th can be a risky venture and June 9th a much safer date. If you plan on growing tomatoes, for example, have row covers handy because a frost warning can come in mid-August and if the tomatoes are left unprotected they may nor survive and the weeks of waiting and nurturing will be in vain.

I have been gardening in Zones 3 and 4 for the past 22 years and have developed techniques to enhance the growing season, row covers and starting plants indoors are two.

Mid-season here is near the end of the last week in July and the first week in August. This is often the hottest and driest period of our year. Knowing how much rainfall your area gets during the growing season is also helpful.

What chores can be done to help the garden through this hot and dry period, and what can be done to generally help the garden grow.

Basic Mid-Season Gardening Chores:

1- Mid-season is time to cleanup, deadhead, remove any debris, fallen leaves, twigs whatever may have found its way into the garden.

2- Check the mulch. Does it need replacing?

3- Add compost, fresh organic material will help the plants develop fruit, flowers and seeds as it provides fresh food. Healthy soil is essential for healthy plants

4- Add organic fertilizers if you do not have a compost pile. One source of organic fertilizer is blood Meal which is dried blood produced as a by-product of the meat industry and contains approximately 13 per cent nitrogen; not for vegetarians.

5- Mid-season is the time to foliar feed the plants. Foliar feeding is an organic method for feeding the plants. Plants are able to absorb nutrients through their leaves and they do this very well. This means that foliar spraying, spraying the leaves, can be very effective when used at the appropriate time.

6- Water, if it has not rained in the past five (5) days water and water deep. Give the plants a long drink let the water go down to the roots as the roots are vital to plant development.

7- Harvest anything that is ready for the table. In the heat some plants, especially greens, can bolt, that is the leaves will grow quickly and go to seed before you have the opportunity to add them to the menu.

Follow these seven mid-season zone 3-4 gardening tips and you will be pleased with how well your garden grows, happy growing.

foliar feeding


Submit a Comment

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Glad you liked it, happy growing.

  • orangecountyjill profile image

    OC Jill 

    7 years ago from Orange County, California

    Very helpful! Especially the videos!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you for your most helpful input, blood meal does indeed do the job, happy growing.

  • Erin Eisenman profile image

    Erin Eisenman 

    7 years ago from Montana

    Thanks for these useful tips! We run a small (4 acre)market garden and your tips are good reminders for our midseason "chore list"! Thanks! BTW, I used blood meal for the first time last year and was very impressed with the results! Was super helpful in greening up some yellowing corn (lack of nitrogen!). Love that stuff!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)