Our Tips for a Happy Summer Garden

Our Tips for a Happy Summer Garden

Summer is a glorious time for growing - however the hot days can also be extremely harsh on your plants. Read on for a few of our tips to get the most out of your garden when things really begin to heat up this summer!

Caring for your plants in summer - 

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  • Check the moisture level of your composts as they can dry out in a heat wave – you want your pile to be damp like a wrung out spunge. Gently moisten the pile if needed.

  • Mulch, mulch, mulch! Thick layers of mulch throughout your garden helps to protect your plants from the harsh summer sun as well as retaining moisture. Mulch should be applied 50–75mm deep. Don’t forget to mulch your pots too!

  • Watering – set it and forget it! Drip irrigation is a great way to get the most out of your garden – and adding a timer means you can go away on a mini break without needing a plantsitter!

  • Plan for the inevitable heat waves by making a couple of shade cloth tents for your veggie patch. All you need is a simple, moveable structure that you throw over the top of any wilting veggies.

Caring for poultry in summer - 

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  • Just like us, your feathered friends can really struggle in summer. Feed them treats like frozen watermelon or berries that they can peck away at during a hot day. You can even make berry or corn ice blocks for them – what a treat!

  • Add ice to their drinking water and add extra shallow water sources around their run if needed

  • Make sure you have plenty of shady spots in their run for them to escape the harsh sun

  • Turn the mister on or give them a quick dip in a nice cool bucket of water

  • Try adding frozen bottles of water near the nesting boxes (it’s like their own personal air conditioning!)

  • Ensure their coop has adequate ventilation for hot summer nights

 
Water for insects & wildlife - 

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Let's not forget about the other creatures that inhabit or visit our backyard -they’re pretty thirsty in summer too! Placing a couple of shallow bird baths or bowls full of pebbles or rocks is a great water station for bees & other small creatures. It's also a good idea to keep a couple of bird baths away from cats & dogs where birds will feel safe to have a bath. These waterholes can literally be life saving for wildlife during a heatwave. 

Some of our favourite seeds to sow in summer -

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Basil, beetroot, capsicum, chilli, climbing beans, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, sunflowers, tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon, zucchini

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