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AllotMe's Heatwave Gardening Tips

top tips for gardening in hot weather

Parts of the UK are now under an amber extreme heat warning, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s through the weekend. The government is declaring a drought for much of England, with millions of people already affected by measures such as hose pipe bans.

In this article, we're sharing our top tips for keeping your garden and plants safe during high temperatures.

Water plants in the morning or evening

Avoid watering during the day to minimise evaporation, and allow this to happen in the morning or in the evening. Watering your plants in the morning plant roots will have more of a chance to absorb more water. Some say it could be best to avoid watering late in the evening, as this can make the plants more vulnerable to slugs and root rot.

watering can
You can use watering cans or buckets instead of hose pipes.

Do not overwater

Water well, but not too much! Overwatering can have a negative effect on the plants, including the rotting of roots. Consider water irrigation systems or drip-feeding watering systems to keep your plants hydrated. These could also be useful when you're on holiday.

Protect plants from direct sun

If you have plants in containers, place them in a shady spot during a heatwave and for larger containers, please put a layer of pebbles on top of the soil – this will help to keep the roots cool and retain the water.

Shade cloth can also help you protect your plants from direct sunlight, retain moisture, act as a windbreak and can protect your fruits and vegetables from insects and other animals.

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Choose the right plants

Growing Native Plants has more benefits than saving water. It will require less maintenance and help preserve biodiversity.

Also, choosing more drought-tolerant plants might be sensible, especially if you can't water your vegetables regularly.

Add mulch

Mulch will reduce the amount of water that evaporates from your soil, and will therefore be essential to the survival of your garden during a drought. Mulch also improves the quality of your soil, provides nutrients to the soil and helps keep your plants cool by acting as a protective layer. It also helps to prevent weeds in your garden.


Keep cool and stay hydrated

Wear sunglasses, and protective clothing to protect your body from harmful UV rays. Using sunblock and re-applying frequently will protect you from the sun too.

Also, don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

summer garden

Looking for a plot to start your own summer vegetable garden? Check out AllotMe's plots near you and start growing vegetables this summer holiday.

For more summer gardening tips and guides on what outdoor plants could thrive in hot weather, check our monthly Grow Guides.


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