Do you have a garden and you are concerned about the hot weather and how to maintain your garden during the summer months? Just like you are when the weather is hot and you don’t have any way of hydrating yourself when you are outside in the blistering heat, in your garden your plants are feeling the same way. They need water just like you do. But you don’t want to over water or you will destroy your plants. If you live in a area of America that does not get much rain and you are trying to grow a garden in hot weather and trying to help feed your family during the Spring and Summer months there are a few tips you must know for growing a successful garden. Some simple ideas that you should keep in mind are:
1. Water your plants in the early morning or early evening. When you water your plants you need to water them deeply so that the plant’s root system gets the refreshment that it needs during the long and hot day.
2. Provide a light blanket of mulch on top of mature plants to retain the cool water longer. This is important to help keep weeds down and insure moisture retention.
3. Use a drip irrigation system for your plant for maximum water conservation capabilities. If you are concerned about the high cost of your water bill each month try this old tried and true way of watering. The link for supplies are listed and the end of this article.
4. Plant drought tolerant plants in your garden beds. This seems like an easy one but some people don’t think about the lovely variety of cacti that are out on the market in many retail stores across America.
5. Avoid plants that need a tremendous amount of water to survive.
6. Don’t over water your plants or your plants will develop rot in their root system.
7. Choose the toughest plants for your climate. Do some homework before you plant a garden, know what zone that you live in and plant your plants that match your zone area. There are plenty of resources on the web for plant zoning information.
8. Keep weeds to a minimum to insure strong growth of the plants that you want to keep.
9. Evaluate Plants. Take a walk in your garden to see what has been sun burned or needs to be moved to a shadier part of the garden for the plant to survive.
10. Don’t prune your plants. “Spring blooming shrubs, vines, and trees such as azalea, dogwood, redbud, spirea, forsythia, flowering quince, wisteria, and some roses shouldn’t be heavily pruned unless they are dormant.”
Gardening in hot weather does not have to be a tough thing to do if you have the right information and tools to get the job done. So don’t forget the simple rules to garden by and you will have a lush and well maintained garden all year long no matter how hot the weather may be. So you will be able to use your outdoor garden space as another “room” that you can entertain friends and family.
Drip Irrigation Supplies: http://www.dripdepot.com/
The Weather Chanel: http://www.weather.com/activities/homeandgarden/garden/education/gardenawhot.html
USDA Plant Hardening Zone Map: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html