Watering some flowers in the garden.Sunlight is essential for pretty much every plant in your garden. However, the sheer amount of heat and sunlight that plants are exposed to during the summertime isn’t always the healthiest thing for them. There needs to be a balance for a garden to really grow and thrive. Because of this, it is worth exploring different ways to keep your garden cool and sustainable during the hotter months. Here are some tips to keep your garden flourishing in the summertime...

cucumbers growingSo, you’d like to garden, but you don’t see how… not when all you have for a “yard” is a tiny patch of soil. Perhaps you don’t even have a yard. Or maybe your yard is occupied by a child play zone, and you don’t want to have kids galloping over your tomatoes. Well, the truth is that growing vegetables and herbs is possible for anyone, even if it’s as simple as having an herb garden in your kitchen.

The plants are hibernating under the ground, and you’re no longer spending time out in the yard planting, harvesting, and weeding. However, that doesn’t mean that your green thumb is wholly at rest. In the wake of New Year’s resolutions, and with time to strategize before planting season, January is the perfect month to plan out your summer garden. Whether you’re thinking of a major overhaul, or just a few new elements, check out these popular new trends for 2017 to inspire you and keep your garden current and interesting: