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Gardening in the Heat of the Summer


When summer arrives, it is easy to lose track of the garden. Weeds take over because it is simply too
hot to get out there and work, so we often avoid gardening in the heat of summer. Not only do we feel the stress of the heat on our bodies, plants feel it, too. Here are some tips to beat the heat in the garden this summer.

Water Containers Frequently

Water evaporates out of containers much more quickly than it does in the ground, so while you could probably get away with watering the garden twice a week, containers should be watered at least once a day in the summer. To see how frequently you need to water, stick your finger into the top inch of soil. If it’s dry down to an inch go ahead and water. If it’s still moist below the top layer, hold off. Too much water can cause root rot.

Water In-Ground Plants Infrequently

To encourage deep, healthy growth of plant roots, water in-ground plants infrequently. These plants will do better with infrequent, deep watering rather than frequent, shallow watering. Check your soil daily using the 1 inch method above.

Combine Work and Play

Remember the joy of playing in the sprinkler? Turn on that overhead sprinkler at any time of day and take care of your garden business. It is fun and refreshing, and you might even be able to lure the kids out to play. Just don’t forget to protect your skin from sunburn.

Do Garden Work Right After Breakfast or After Dinner

The coolest part of the day is early morning, but if you can’t (or won’t) get outside early, wait to do garden chores until after dinner when the sun has gone down. I have been known to pull weeds until it is too dark to see them.

Prepare to Sweat

A lot of us don’t like to sweat, but it is good for you so I would encourage you to embrace the sweat. It is a great way to rid the body of toxins. Just be sure to drink plenty of water before and after working.

It is easy to feel restricted by the weather when you are gardening in the heat of the summer, but there is something special about working in the garden when the fireflies begin their show.  Once the work is done, it is nice to sit back with a big glass of lemon water and watch the night creep in.


What is your favorite time to work in the garden?

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