A Summertime Challenge: Watering Your Garden in Extreme Heat

Summer is heating up! And while this is typically prime growing time for garden veggies and warm weather flowers, it’s also a tricky time to provide plants with what they need most – water.

Watering in extreme heat can be difficult, simply because the high temperatures create extra obstacles.

When it’s hot, it

  • can be much easier for the ground to dry out;
  • is harder for plants to withstand the excess heat that comes from evaporation;
  • is difficult to protect plants from too much warmth.

For example, if you’ve ever seen cracks in fruit or vegetables in your garden, this is an indication that hot weather followed by sporadic water has caused the fruit to expand quickly, splitting the skin in the process.

But the good news is that with a little diligence, it’s easy to protect your garden when the temperatures heat up. To ensure your garden produces at its best no matter what the summer brings, follow these guidelines for watering.

How to Water Your Plants in Extreme Heat

Water at least 2-3 times per week

When the weather is hot, and the soil is dry, it’s less likely that water can get to the roots of the plants where it is needed the most.

So be sure to water at least 2-3 times* per week, and water for longer than you normally would. You want the water to go down as far as possible, so don’t stop until about an inch of water has collected on the surface, near the base of the plant.

*Note that for container gardens, your watering should increase to at least 5-7 times per week.

 

Avoid getting the leaves wet, if possible

Many diseases that affect plants thrive in hot temperatures and warm, moist environments.

So try to avoid wetting the leaves when watering, especially in the middle of the day. If you use a sprinkler system, then time it to water your plants at daybreak or nightfall, when temperatures are at their lowest.

 

Watch for indications that more water is needed

If your garden is too dry, there are a couple of plants that will show signs of potential problems early on.

Squash, cucumbers, and melons are typically the first plants in the garden to wilt, and are an indicator of the other plants needing more water too. Watch for these droopy leaves, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

 

Use light mulch

A good layer of mulch can help absorb water and serve as a barrier between the ground and the hot sun. Just look for lighter-colored mulch, like straw, pine needles, or chopped-up leaves, to avoid retaining excess heat as well.

 

Go green

With summer heat comes more watering, which in turn leads to higher utility bills.

But you can avoid excess costs by investing in a rainwater harvesting system!

Inexpensive and fairly easy to install at any home or property, a rainwater harvesting system can provide plenty of environmentally friendly and fresh water all summer long. As such, you never have to worry about watering too much.

With the Earth’s best water, your fruits and veggies will have everything they need to thrive well into the fall.

 

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A Summertime Challenge: Watering Your Garden in Extreme Heat
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With summer here, it’s a good time to plan for watering in extreme heat and high temperatures. Here’s what to know for your garden’s survival in the heat.
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