"Its too hot, I can't garden"
Here I am watching The Beechgrove Garden, Gardeners World
and Byw yn yr Ardd as I am unable to garden because its
too hot, even in the evening!
The hot weather in Wales seems set to continue with the
heat wave predicted to stay for at least another few weeks.
Temperatures in Wales have rocketed to well over 30°C
with Porthmadog becoming
the hottest place in the UK when it hit a high of
33°C in July.
With this in mind it's fair to ask whether you can keep
gardening. If the temperature goes too high then take care.
If you get too hot, you risk dizziness, fainting, or even
heat cramps. In very hot conditions the body's blood temperature
rises. If the blood temperature rises above 39°C, there
is a risk of heat stroke or collapse. We can look after
ourselves by going inside or having a ice cream but what
about our plants?
Here are a few tips for coping with your garden
in the heat.
Don't panic into watering grass. If your grass turns brown
it will be able to bounce back when the rains return later
in the year.
For pots and herbaceous beds, water first thing in the
morning or last thing at night to avoid damaging plants
to avoid stress.
Add organic matter into the soil it helps the moisture-holding
capacity of the soil. An organic mulch to a depth of 25mm
into the surface of the soil regularly will help conserve
Practice a no-dig or limited-dig policy to minimise the
loss of moisture from the surface of the soil.
Take extra care of young plants they'll adapt more readily
to the amount of water they receive, and get used to irregular
watering. If you know it's going to be a hot summer, it's
worth bearing this in mind with your younger plants.
Looking after your vegetable plot is important in hot
weather too, especially if you're hoping for delicious
food to go in summer salads. Don't leave large areas of
your vegetable patch bare, but plant with green manures
and companion plants. Surface rooting plants such as lettuce
and tomatoes will wilt quickly and require more watering,
whereas deeper rooting vegetables such as carrots, parsnips
and potatoes may be more resilient.
If you need more tips
or advice please come to our garden club in Llangadog.
We meet on the last Wednesday of every month throughout
the year. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th September
at Llangadog Community Centre, 7.30pm with a talk by Vicki
Weston, "Salvias and Penstemons".
Llangadog 50th Show
We are having a plant stall at Llangadog Show on Saturday
4th August. Please come and say hello and buy some bargain
plants. If you have any spare plants to donate please leave
them down the side of The Last Gallery Workshop across
from the community centre, Llangadog.
Oh, the cloud has come over, I better get back in the
garden! Happy, safe gardening to you all and we all look
forward to seeing you at the show or in the Autumn.
Autumn 2018 Programme
4th August Llangadog YFC Show - Plant stall fundraiser
26th Sept Vicky Weston - Salvias and Penstemons
31st Oct TBC
28th Nov Christmas coach trip to Picton Castle
Llangadog Community Centre 7.30pm
New members always welcome.
Contact Helen for further details 01550 777719