Although on a calendar it is still midsummer, by most standards summer is drawing to a close. A new school year is just around the corner and the easy days of summer are suddenly packed with appointments and errands. As a result, often the garden suffers. Annuals and perennials alike are overgrown and under-watered, draining their soil every day of nutrients. Of course it is somewhat tempting to just let it go until autumn…but with just a little bit of effort and a well-laid plan you can maximize the rest of your garden’s summer and begin to prepare for the changing season. Behind every successful garden, there is a master plan.