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Gardening can be a very enjoyable activity and one that is super rewarding. Seeing the plants you care for blossom and flourish is certainly a joyful experience. The only downside to gardening is having to battle with the weather.
Only the lucky few live in mild enough climates that are appropriate for gardening all year round, the rest of us have to think of solutions to tackle heat waves or snowstorms. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do as gardeners to get the temperatures under control.
We will be looking at gardening in the heat in this article and identify tips and tricks for gardening in the heat success. As well as that, we will learn what plants grow well in heatwaves. By the end of this article, we will surely be summertime gardening experts. So let us begin.
What Plants Grow Well in Extreme Heat
Picking your plants can be as challenging as caring for them and is a very important step in the whole gardening process. Planting something that simply doesn’t go well with the climate you are living in is a disaster waiting to happen. Here is a little bit of information on vegetables and flowers that grow well in the heat.
Vegetables are lovely to plant for a little bit of contrast. They not only give a quirky twist to your garden, lots of vegetables really thrive in the heat too. Win, win!
Spice things up in the hot weather with some hot peppers. The great thing about growing hot peppers is that you don’t need to grow loads to enjoy them, so those of you with small gardens can grow hot peppers and impress your friends with hot homegrown and homemade salsa.
If you live in a very hot and humid climate then corn is for you. Corn should never be planted before the soil is warm because it simply won’t grow. Better yet, the hotter the weather, the faster the corn grows.
Eggplants are great vegetables to grow in areas that are hot most of the year, this is largely because they take a long time to mature into the delicious vegetable that we all know and love.
Is it even a garden if it doesn’t have a few flowers here and there? Flowers set a vibrant tone and are usually the first plants’ gardeners go for.
Large gardens need tall and striking plants to fill up space and look proportional. Moonflower’s certainly ticked all those boxes, they can grow up to 13 feet tall and are bright white flowers that shine beautifully in the sun.
Not only are these flowers gorgeous, but they are also super strong and don’t mind a heatwave or two. If you live in a tropical area these are not considered annual plants. If you are living in a climate that is not considered tropical, these plants will live all year round in your garden.
The bottlebrush is a very unique looking flower. It has more going for it than great looks. Although it is more of a summer plant, you can look after it all year round. Just make sure you plant it in a big pot, rather than in the ground and bring it indoors before the winter kicks in.
Gardening in the Heat Tips
Here are a few things to think about before starting a large gardening project in the hot summer months.
- Plants that are good for hot weather are plants that don’t demand too much tender loving care. Any plants you do buy have got to be easy going sun worshipers.
- Map out what you want your garden to look like before planting. That way you can arrange shaded areas for plants that need it. Things like garden fences and sunshades are great accessories to incorporate for protecting your plants.
- Mulch is a gardener’s best friend in the heat. You can use it to really cool down any plants that are in direct sunlight. Just pack the mulch onto the soil between the plant stems and you are good to go.
- Make sure you have all the right gardening tools. Sounds simple enough right? However, some people garden without the right tool for the job, making the work a lot harder. Something you do not want when you are all hot and bothered.
- Know how to cool your plants down. This could be by adding a shade cloth cover over them, or by creating shade using other methods.
How Do I Stop My Plants Getting Too Hot?
The first and probably most obvious way is by providing your plants with sufficient shade. Shade cloths are the quickest and most effective solutions to cooling your plants down.
Sometimes it isn’t always appropriate to put sun umbrellas all over your garden or to design a garden layout just for the hotter months. Shade cloth covers are really easy to make and cool the area they are covering dramatically, it is also a really good solution because it isn’t a permanent garden structure, and can be removed as soon as the weather cools a bit.
Watering your plants at the right time of the day and keeping them hydrated will help them endure the heat. Picking the right watering technique for your plants will help you keep them strong and healthy.
There are plenty of watering techniques to choose from, such as hosing your plants, using sprinklers, handheld water sprinklers, and more. Choose whichever one is most convenient for you, unless your plant specifically needs to be watered in a different way.
Watering Plants in the Heat
There is a bit of a technique to watering plants, it’s not a good practice to drench your plants when you remember to water them. Instead, try and provide them with a constant water source, this can be by using timed water sprinklers or an irrigation hose.
Plants should be watered in the early hours of the morning or late at night if you do not have a way of providing them with constant water flow. This is so that the water doesn’t evaporate in the heat, and as much of the water as possible reaches the roots of the plants.
Just because it is hot, doesn’t mean the plants should be flooded. Plants don’t need too much water all in one go, instead try sprinkling water on each plant for only a few seconds before moving onto the next plant.
Once you have watered all the plants, repeat the process another couple of times. This will give the water time to soak into the soil and you will be able to see if you have overwatered the plants or if they need a little more. If the weather is super hot, try and water your plants both morning and night.
Knowing When to Plant
It is all well and good having a garden full of heat resistant plants. But, if you plant them too early in the year, or in the middle of a heatwave, they will not survive. New plants need time to mature and ‘settle in’ before they are subjected to harsh weather.
As a general rule, planting in the early spring is usually the ideal time of the year to introduce new greenery to your garden. Some plants, like corn, should be planted once the soil has warmed up. Doing your research on the plant you want to incorporate will help you understand when to plant it as every plant is different.
Weeding in the Heat
Oh, what a chore! Weeds are super resistant plants, so the heat probably doesn’t scare them very much. Weeding is still a gardening maintenance requirement in the summer, much to our dismay. In fact, weeding is even more important in the summer as the weeds soak up all the water that your plants so desperately need.
The only thing we can do is to be smarter with our weeding and have less time- consuming plan of action. Here are a few tricks that I think will help.
- Do not disturb the soil unless absolutely necessary. Weed seeds are all over your garden, no matter how well you look after it. Disturbing the soil will bring the seeds high enough to get the right amount of sunlight to grow, resulting in a weed growth spurt.
- When removing weeds, ensure the roots come up with them. You will find this much easier if the soil is wet, you can do this after watering your plants.
- We have spoken about how mulch is an ideal way of keeping your plants cool. Did you know it also helps keep pesky weeds away? The mulch doesn’t allow sunlight to get to the covered soil, slowing or stunting the growth of weeds completely.
If you are buying your mulch from a store, grab the organic mulch, this will most likely have crickets and other little insects in it that will eat the weeds that lie underneath.