We all love summer. This is the time you can enjoy the fruits of your gardening graft earlier in the year. But you’d be surprised how quickly soil can dry out on a warm day.
Making sure your garden is well watered will help plants put down deep roots and produce the best fruit, veg and flowers. Here are my top tips for keeping your garden fresh and healthy.
1 Morning glory
Water in the morning or at night, not in the high heat of the day which will evaporate the water before it reaches the root. Water droplets on leaves also act as a magnifying glass with the sun’s rays to scorch the plant.
2 Keep watch
Look out for signs of dryness in your plants. Soft-leaved plants are the first to suffer from a lack of hydration. The tip of the plant will bend, and then the leaves will wilt and feel crisp and dry to touch. But most plants are hardy and can be saved with a thorough watering.
3 Care for containers
Keep an eye on plants in containers, which don’t have a deep soil base. Most will need watering every day in summer. When you plant them, leave a 5cm gap between the soil and the lip of the container, or it will overflow when you try and water it.
4 Hanging baskets
Water hanging baskets every day. You can add hydration slices or crystals, but check moisture levels by pushing your fingers a few centimetres into the soil. If it feels dry, you need to water it. Immerse the basket in a bucket of water and leave until the air bubbles stop appearing. If they keep drying out, move them to a shady spot.
5 Break the soil
Soil can develop a hard crust if it gets too dry, meaning that water will just run off the surface. Push a broom handle a few inches into the soil to create reservoirs around plants before you water to make sure it soaks in and gets to the roots.