The best way to help veggie plants beat heat is to give them some TLC during a heat wave. Here are 5 ways to help your veggie plants be happy.
- Water, water, water. Help your veggie plants beat the heat. Your plants need to keep hydrated just like we do in the heat. The best way to water your plants is to use a drip hose which is a hose with tiny holes in it. These holes allow the water to drip water directly on the ground close to the roots instead of using a conventional sprinkler which waters the leaves. The roots are what needs the water and nutrients.
- A Water Schedule helps you to make sure that the veggie plants are getting water at the appropriate time of the day. The best time to water is early in the morning before the sun is up beating on the garden. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, I recommend watering around dusk. Water more frequently if there has been less than an inch of rain during the week. Water your containers twice a day. Fertilize every 2 weeks or use compost tea below. This is the best tip you can use to help your veggie plants beat the heat.
- Plant companion plants-If you plant companion plants, many companion plants are beneficial to each other. They can keep pests away and provide nutrients. To help veggie plants beat heat, I recommend planting basil plants under your tomato plants. Tomato plants will provide shade to the basil and the basil will keep pests at bay. See my companion plants post, click this link.
- Using mulch is important to keep up with in July to keep the moisture in the soil. Keep 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the plants to retain moisture. If you are growing melons use mulch to build up the stems to keep it away from the hose to avoid root rot. Mulch will also help to moderate uneven watering which can cause blossom end rot on the bottom of your tomatoes.
- Make Compost Tea it makes everything greener. The simple way to make compost tea is to use a 5-gallon bucket of water that has sat out for a day to kill off any chlorine in the water. Then add a shovel of aged compost in minute particles. Let this soak for 2 weeks. Stir twice a day. Pour through a strainer. Dilute your compost tea with 50% of water to tea. This can be applied once a week.
If you follow these 5 steps you will help your veggie plants beat the heat! Happy gardening my friends!
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