For dedicated gardeners, here are suggestions from the California Assn. of Nurserymen:
Corn and beans can be planted in two-week intervals to prolong the harvest.
Take down your hanging baskets every now and then and give them a good soaking, either by dunking them in a bucket or by running the water hose over them very slowly.
Work organic matter into the soil to condition it and create better draining soil.
Fertilize lawns as well as shrubs, flowers and vegetables at six-week intervals during the summer.