Improve soil quality
For established gardens, you can enhance your garden’s soil by adding some compost to the topsoil around plant roots and lightly turn it into the soil. Add some mulch the garden well to prevent weeds from growing. Covering your soil with straw, bark, pebbles or other ground covers will help stop water from evaporating in the heat and keep plant roots cooler during the hot and dry days in the summer.
If you are going to be starting a garden in summer, your garden needs to have good soil. You can enhance and enrich your soil by doing the following: add some organic matter or some compost or soil improver. By improving the garden’s soil you are also improving the soils gettability and water holding capacity.
By introducing organic matter to your soil helps creates a healthy home for microbes and other beneficial organisms like worms. It helps keep the soil healthy and protects root systems from pests and diseases.
Keep your garden watered
A regular watering schedule is vital to ensuring a lush, healthy garden all summer long. It doesn’t matter what whether you are using a hose, sprinkler or irrigation system, it’s best to water your plants in the early morning. This allows the water some time to soak into the soil and reach the roots of your plants before it starts evaporating in the summer heat. It also means that your plants will have enough water to sustain them during the day.
Now, if you don’t want to get up early in the morning, then you can definitely water your garden in the late afternoon or early evening. This also helps reduce the evaporation and gives your plants some time to absorb water without the hot sun. Make sure your plants have time to dry before nightfall because damp leaves can lead to fungus problems.
You can also install a sprinkler system as it makes watering your garden easier and saves you some time. Most come with a timer, so you can set it to water your garden whenever you want and for as long as your plants need. Plus, you can save some water by setting up zones to water areas more often that get a lot of sunlight, or reduce over-watering in shaded areas, or to water your garden in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening for you.
If you have an existing irrigation system, you would want to make sure it’s working correctly and repair or replace broken pipes or sprinklers when needed. Also, check that the water is covering your plants not just footpaths or driveways.
Choose your plants wisely
When deciding what to plant in your garden for summer, it’s best to choose plants that don’t require a lot of shade or moisture. There are plenty of hardy natives and water-wise plants that flourish in hotter weather.
Some vegetables that flourish in the summer are: Beans (green beans, snap beans and scarlet runner beans), Carrots, Spinach, Radishes, Onions.
Some flower plants that will make your garden a beautiful one that will make everyone want to view it are: Begonias, Sweet Peas, Busy Lizzies, Geraniums, Petunias, Antirrhinums, and Cosmos.
Add a touch of shade
If you have any plants that prefer cooler weather, then installing some shade is a great way to help them get through summer. Vegetables tend to love the sun but not too much, so a bit of shade will help them cope with hotter conditions. Consider a shade cloth, tarpaulin or even a shade sail to block any direct sunlight.