The summer heat is definitely something to worry about if you are a gardener. However, you don’t have to let the soaring heat destroy all the effort you have put into your garden. Here’s how you can maintain your garden during the hot weather.
Water your garden effectively
Plants need plenty of water, especially during the hot weather. However, that doesn’t mean drowning them with too much water. Some plants weaken when too much water is sprinkled on them. To avoid stressing the plants, just sprinkle enough water.
Further, knowing the best time to water plants is key if you want to keep your garden in top shape. Late evening or early morning is considered the best time to do so. Since it’s cooler at those times, water is soaked into the soil and reaches the root without losing too much water to evaporation.
If you have never thought about mulch, now is the time to –not later. Applying mulch not only helps in maintaining good soil moisture but also keeps weeds from invading your garden.
Shade your Garden
Want your plants to survive when the temperature begins to increase? Consider shading. It plays a vital part of maintaining your garden. You can cover your plants using shade cloth, sheets, snow fence and other protective materials. Make sure the shade cloth provides enough ventilation. This ensures heat doesn’t build up beneath the shade.
Tall plants like corn can also provide partial shade to crops which don’t too well in the heat. You should also consider the heat or drought-tolerant crops for your garden. These include plants like okra, cucumber, pumpkins, pepper, tomatoes, chards and watermelon.
Other tips to protect your plants from heat stress include:
- Eliminate weed plants from your garden. As indicated above, mulching is an effective technique of getting rid of weeds.
- Avoid applying fertilizers to your garden during hot weather.
- A raised garden bed is not recommended during the hot weather as the soil tends to warm up more.
- Try not to plant in the hot weather unless the crop is heat tolerant. Even so, plant early in morning or late at night.