Preparing your Garden for Summer

Preparing your Garden for Summer

The weather has certainly been hot all over this large country. We often get questions from our customers asking 'how do you keep your herbs happy in the garden during times of extreme heat'. Generally, we plant most herbs in a sunny position because they like to be in full sun and their flavour is better when they have been grown in a sunny position. Having said that, there are definitely a couple of things you can do to keep your summer herbs a little cooler and protected this summer.

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Water

- Herbs in the ground will benefit from deep soaking, this will encourage the roots to follow the water down and insulate them from heat.
- If your plants are in pots and the potting mix has dried out dunking the entire pot in a bucket of seaweed solution until the air bubbles stop coming can really help to moisten the potting mix well. Remember to let the pot drain freely after.

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Seaweed Solution

- Water your plants with a seaweed solution if you know you are going to have a hot day ahead.
- You can also apply it as a foliar spray before and after extreme heat to help your plants recover.
- We use Eco seaweed. Eco Seaweed is great for whenever your plants feel stressed.
- Remember, seaweed products are plant tonics, they do not replace fertiliser.

shade in the garden

Portable shade

- Giving your plants some shade from the burning hot sun can be achieved by covering with a portable shade source that can be moved when it is not so hot. When I was in Vietnam a few years back we went to a salad and herb farm. They used bamboo crossed at each end of the growing bed and laid a palm frond across them - it seemed to work really well.
- Beach umbrellas can easily be moved around to protect more delicate herbs from the sun.
- Pop up canopies are another option.
- A branch, big leaf or palm frond can offer enough shade to protect newly planted herbs in the garden


Do you have any ideas that you use for keeping your plants cool in summer? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

Happy gardening🌿
Sandra