By this point in the summer, if you were planning to have a garden, you’ve probably got one growing already in your backyard. Depending on where you live, it might not be too late to start now if you have good weather into the fall months, but for others in the world, it’s generally a good idea to start your garden as early as possible when you know that the ground isn’t frozen and a frost won’t kill the crop you’re hoping will come in in a plentiful harvest.

If you’re new to gardening or are looking for ways to do better or just keep your garden in check and the weeds from taking over, here are some things you should look into:

Use Bordered Beds

Many people plant their seeds right into the soil of their backyard, but when you do this, it’s almost impossible to yield a good crop. Different soil will have different consistency that is challenging for garden crops to grow in. Sometimes the grain is super fine and provides an excellent environment for a seed to grow, but other times, the sheer amount of rocks in the soil will make it so that crops don’t do well.

If you want a good garden, you should consider having raised beds with playground borders. Raised beds allow you to control the soil that you’re planting in. You’ll be able to manage where water is going, you’ll be able to use soil with appropriate nutrients, you’ll be able to keep the weeds at bay, and you’ll also stop grasses or roots from coming up and inhibiting your garden from reaching its growing potential.

Weed Weekly

No matter what you do, it’s impossible to keep all weeds out of your garden. This isn’t a problem unless you let it get out of control. Weeds choke your plants and they take up the water and nutrients from the ground. If you want to keep your garden in check this summer, it’s important that you make it a priority to weed your garden weekly. Even if there are only a few sprouts, get out there and pull them before they become a nuisance.

Eat the Harvest

In the end, you’re growing a garden to eat the wonderful food it provides for you. If you want to keep your garden under control, it’s important that you prune things when they need pruned, you put up poles or supports for the plants that need support, and you pick of the harvest whenever it’s ready. A garden will definitely get out of control if you plant it and never return to pick the cucumbers and let the zucchini grow to be the size of a pumpkin.