Well, it looks like it will be a “scorcher of a summer”. Most gardeners said some of their vegetables were just starting to sprout. Here are some tips to help them, and you, survive.
- Increase watering frequency. Once we hit 100 degrees, vegetables, containers and annuals will need to be watered daily.
- Watering in the morning will help with evaporation. Water deeply as you want the roots to dip deep in search of water. Don’t let water get into your plants.
- Consider buying a shade cloth. You can drape it over T-posts driven into the ground and secured with zip ties. You can also create a temporary shelter with two parallel U-shaped pieces of PVC pipe. For smaller spans, you can anchor the ends by driving them into the ground. For taller ones, hammer a piece of rebar to put the end of the PVC pipe over. Drape a shade cloth over the pipe and secure it with binder clips.
- Add more mulch to cool the soil – with the added benefit of reducing weeds.
- If you have containers that can be moved, place them in the shade.
- Do not abandon. Just because they’re withering a little doesn’t mean they’re dead. Keep giving them water and they’ll probably get better.
- When planting, consider using a companion plant to create shade.