Australian Summers are great when you can hang out at the beach, swim in backyard pools and eat ice blocks but if you’re a garden then it’s a tough slog through the heat waves and wild changes from no rain to tonnes of water. How’s a little plant supposed to survive?
Worx Tools asked our Facebook community of DIYers and gardeners to give their best summer tips to help your lush plant life survive the summer. The result was an incredible amount of knowledge being shared that we have compiled into these most popular 5 gardening tips to keep your garden flourishing through Summer!
Calisto Brady: “Use mulch liberally! Mulch covers the soil preventing excessive evaporation during the day and also keeps the soil temperature from getting too high, stressing plants out.”
Stephanie De Lulio: “I like to help my pots stay cool. Potted plants (especially my terracotta pots) are vulnerable to overheating. I lightly mulch and position them out of hot sunshine. Standing potted plants in saucers of water encourages root rot and mosquito breeding. Instead I stand them in saucers filled with sand and keep the sand moist. This ensures roots stay cool and plants remain healthy. If potted plants dry out to the point where re-wetting is hard, I soak them in a bucket of water for half an hour and then drain.”
Karly J Brown: “If you find your plants are struggling buy a ph test kit. Best thing I ever did, I added some organic matter and now I have amazing growth from my hedge.
Michelle Chapman: “Chilli and garlic bug spray. Works well on all types of creepy crawlies on your garden! 3-4 chopped chillies & garlic gloves in a 600ml jar with hot water. Let soak for 15 minutes. Keep in fridge. Pour 100ml into spray bottle and top up with water. Spray away. Don’t forget to strain otherwise chunks block sprayer!”
Lynnette Bull: “Have a working bee to get our garden in tip top shape. Ask your friends over to help and provide them with drinks, food and entertainment after a hard days work. This cuts the workload and you all get to catch up.”
We hope this helps your garden to thrive this Summer but if not then you could always follow the advice of some of our funnier community members.
“Hire a gardener.”
“Get your husband to do it!”
“Clean up the dog poop before you start.”