There’s still another day to go here in Melbourne before this current heatwave ends. Rumour has it that, at the end, we’ll win the dubious honour of having the “longest number of consecutive days over 40 degrees since 1908”.
I have to admit that, since quite a large number of my plants are in pots, I expected to have a mostly dead garden by the end of this week. I thought that maybe, if I was lucky, the more robust vegetables in the ground would survive, but everything else would be dead.
Turns out plants are tougher than you think! Admittedly I’ve been watering them twice a day (morning and evening) and at one stage I thought one of my capsicum plants was dead but it revived after a thorough watering.
Not only have my plants been surviving far better than I thought they would (or could) but some of them even flourished in the heat!
My herbs went from not existing to germinating in the space of only a few days.
My strawberries that I worried about dying in their pots before I got them into the ground are suddenly flowering!
Likewise, my sickly looking tomatoes are starting to set some fruit (of course some plants set fruit when they are distressed as an attempt to procreate before their genetic material is lost, but we’ll assume mine are flowering because they’re healthy and want me to have my tomatoes…).
My non-dehydrated-capsicum has even set a tiny little capsicum – and has some more flowers on there, too!
So while Summer can be doom and gloom in the garden (and making sure plants have enough water is a must), it’s not always as dire as you think!
Are you sweltering in the Summer heat? How do you cope when it gets too hot?