In the middle of summer, some of your leafy green vegetables and flowers may be on their way
out (don't worry, you'll be able to start them up again in the Fall), but plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and squashes are here to stay.

With extreme heat and sun it's easy for these plants to dry out and wilt if not watered enough or properly. To ensure your garden continues to thrive throughout the rest of Summer, here are some helpful tips and reminders to keep your plants happy and hydrated.

It all starts from the ground up; soil must be holding water to attract more water. Think of your
soil like a dry sponge, if it's bone dry, the outside will absorb some water while the rest rolls off and
never makes it to the center.

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The same is with completely or almost dry soil. The best way to assure moist soil throughout the whole plant is to water in stages making multiple passes with your plants, increasing the amount of water during each passing. Introducing a Moisture Meter or Rain Gauge will help visualize the amount of water your plants have and won't leave you guessing to when and how much. Too much water and the plant drowns, but not enough water and the plant withers.

Your plants' roots need water, not the leaves. With the hot heat and long sun exposure, it is
important that the roots are nice and soaked allowing water to sufficiently reach the bottom. Long
periods of watering are better than short, often water which causes roots to stay close to the surface
where they could get burned out from the sun. Incorporating mulch on the ground around and under
plants creates a barrier between the moist soil and the hot sun. This will help keep moisture in and roots
cooler as well as protect it from intense sun baking and drying out quicker.

Lastly, stay hydrated yourself. Garden as early as possible, wear light colored clothing and
sunscreen, and don't forget to drink enough water. We humans are not drought tolerant and also need
water to function.

Available at The Farm for your watering needs - Sprinklers, Soaker Hoses, Watering Cans, Self-
Watering Pots, Plant Nanny/Water Globes, Treegators and many more. We also carry a variety of mulch
and sprays to counter bugs, burns and nutrient deficiency.