The real challenge you face in summers is protecting your plants from heat stress. It is common in the month of July and August when the temperature reaches its peak. Heat stress is a deadly condition for small and sensitive plants.
Here are the ways to protect your plants in hard summer months.
In hot months vegetables need more water. The only possible way to keep the vegetable garden plants healthy is by supplying them with a good amount of water every day. But when the temperature goes up 35 degrees C this technique does not work and you need to do many things extra to save vegetables from sunburn.
Burned leaves, fruit, wilting are the most common signs of heat stress. You can do the following things to save your vegetable plants.
1. Water your vegetable plants every day in the evening. Avoid watering plants in the afternoon, this can trigger the heat stress conditions.
2. Mulching the outdoor garden is the best way to protect the plant roots from the heat waves.
3. If possible, give shade to your plants. if you are growing green leafy vegetables in containers you can move them to a safe place. Where they get enough bright light but not direct sunlight in the afternoon. Buy a tent and give shade to your plants are directly grown in soil and you cannot move them.
Every lawn gets affected by heat stress and you don’t need to do anything to make your lawn green. Nature will take care of everything. Once the moisture comes in the air your lawn will green up again. But the problem with this technique is you cannot leave your lawn yellow or unorganized. Law wants you to keep your lawn green and organized all the time.
To do so give your lawn 1 inches of water every week in the evening. By doing so you can add moisture in the soil and plant roots. Sprinklers will not work here because 80 % of the water will get evaporated. You need to give water by the plastic water pipe. This way water slowly moves to every part of the lawn. This gives a good time to soil to absorb the desired amount of water and hold the moisture for a long period of time.
Avoid planting new plants in the month of July and August. Hot waves can destroy them in a few days. New plants are soft and sensitive to the new environment. Never plant indoor plants in an outdoor garden in the summer months.
Let them stay inside under grow plant lights in September. Or the best way is to grow them inside until the harvest. I personally do not like to grow many vegetables outdoors. Because in Canada we have long winters. Therefore, the best way to produce a good amount of food is to grow vegetables inside the house.
Don’t Water in the Afternoon: Do not give water to your plants between 11 am to 4 pm. This is the time when the sun is at a peak and the temperature is at the highest point. Giving water these times increase the chances of heatstroke. Always water your plants in the evening. This way you can save your plants from heatstroke and also from dry nights.
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