The Garden Heats up
With a much milder spring and start to summer this year compared to the last few, the community prepares to brace itself for the heat once again, with the next two days expected to be scorchers.
If you are able to timewise, early morning and the evening is the best time for garden activities. Harvest your garden, especially lettuces, early in the morning before the heat hits. Mulch, shadecloth, move your pots to under shade trees, sit the most water hungry in pools of water, and group them together to create a microclimate. Your pot plants, containers, outside chairs, or anything that can throw a bit of a shadow can shade your seedlings and sensitive plants in the ground during the heat of the day.
Luckily the hot days fall on the legal morning water days this week. Without some water, many people’s hard work and input of resources into their vegie patches fall flat. The tomatoes and other food plants planted in my front yard last year frizzled on the 4o degree days and while surviving, did not or barely even fruited
This caused me to restrict our food garden in the front yard to a more shaded area, due to the summer heat, poor soil quality and competion for water from two maple trees.
Luckily, we have more than compensated for it in the backyard, with new areas planted up in the spirit of Peter Cundall’s vegies over lawn philosophy. With more rain this year, the vegetable garden is doing a lot better than last. Now the tomatoes just need to ripen and we will have a big harvest of them…