DIY / Gardening / Self Sufficiency

Preparing the Garden for Heat

It looks like Summer is finally raising its ugly, ugly head here in Melbourne with the temperature forecast for tomorrow at  40c (that’s 100F for anyone playing along at home).

With this in mind I thought I’d better get some work done in the garden sooner rather than later to make sure that I didn’t murder more plants than absolutely necessary.

First on the list was mulching the vegie patch – I’ve been planning on doing this for ages, but haven’t seemed to find the energy. However the idea of having to restart my entire plantings whizzed me into action!

Before!

Before!

First I had to get rid of all those half eaten apricots, though! On the plus side, it means that the apricots are likely to be ripe very soon, which is handy given that I have a week left to make jam before Christmas!

After!

After!

Secondly I had to move my tomato pots out of their super sunny spot on my pavers to a more shady spot under the verandah. While I don’t intend to shuffle them around all the time, given that they’re in pots and not really in a position to properly utilise their tap roots I figure that I owe them something when the weather gets really hot.

Excuse the pavers, in an ideal world this would be a concreted area so I don't have to deal with the all-invasive weeds.

Excuse the pavers, in an ideal world this would be a concreted area so I don’t have to deal with the all-invasive weeds.

Shaded Tomatoes

 

The pots are now in a spot where they’ll get a few hours of morning sun, but will be shaded later in the day when it gets terribly hot. I also made sure each of the pots had mulch to try to stop them from drying out too much.

Next on the list was repotting some of my smaller seedlings. While common lore is that you shouldn’t transplant plants when it’s hot, I was concerned that leaving the seedlings in the smaller pots would be more harmful to them than shifting them. I transplanted them in the evening when it was cooler, and they have the evening to recover before the heat of tomorrow.

Last of the tomatoes to be pricked out.

Last of the tomatoes to be pricked out.

Borage seedlings

Borage seedlings

I still have a few things that need to be repotted (including some tomatoes) so I’m hoping to get to those tonight before it gets too late.

What do you do when the weather gets hot? Have you ever lost any plants to the heat?

 

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