It is spring here in Australia and we are feeling the heat already. Bushfire season, droughts and water shortages are three big concerns, probably more so than ever before.
- Use good compost and/or mulch about 5 cm deep. Shape a bowl around the stem of plants so the water pools there.
- Don’t fertilize during a heatwave, unless it is liquid fertilising tea such as Stinging Nettle or diluted worm juice.
- Take out weeds, they use the water you’d rather have for your vegetables.
- Water early in the morning to avoid water evaporation. It is also better to deep deep deep water once every 3 days instead of a little bit every day.
- Use shade cloth over your vegetables to relieve the plants from the sun’s heat. Some shade cloth allows sunlight and rain to come through.
- Research and plant herbs and vegetables which thrive in the heat such as:
- Rosemary, Sage, Lavender, Lemmon Balm (Melissa)
- Grow spinaches such as Malabar Spinach, Egyptian Spinach, Waterspinach, they are packed with nutrients and antioxidants
- Shallots, Corn, Rat Tail Radishes
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