AQUA GARDENING’S TOP 10 TIPS FOR GARDENING IN SUMMER

Summertime can present some challenges for your plants due to the increases in temperatures. However, with some easy fixes, you can reduce the stress on the plants and enjoy a good harvest during the summer months. Check out our top 10 tips for gardening in summer below.

  • While it is cooler in November, take the opportunity to do the hardest work like tidying up the garden and preparing for new crops. Check all of your plumbing fittings are secured and there are no leaks.
  • Do the work in your garden when it is cool so you take more care and more notice of your plants
  • Water your plants at lights on or in the morning just as the plants are waking up. This gives them a head start for the day and reduces the chances of fungi and pests in the rootzone (not applicable for aquaponics!)
  • When you see a bug eating your plants, don’t reach for the pesticide. Wait for a good bug – a predatory insect to come first. If it is looking bad you can order good bugs to you door, or checkout our range of organic pesticides.
  • Plant out heat loving plants like okra, rosella, snake beans and eggplant. Cover seedlings with 30 - 50% shadecloth.
  • It is also a good time to plant regulars such as sweet corn, capsicums, chillis, pumpkins, cucumbers, leeks, melons and tomatoes. Make sure you choose heat tolerant varieties of tomatoes and any other vegetables you want to grow.
  • Keep an eye on your water reservoir or fish tank – in the heat your plants can drink many times more water than they do in winter.
  • Rotate the locations of potted plants – they can share the positions of sunny and shady, and they will thank you for it.
  • Add perlite to the tops of your pots to prevent the media heating up and stressing the plant’s root zone.
  • Apply foliar treatments in the evening or before lights out to prevent leaf burn.