The folks who cultivate the TMC Community Garden have developed coping strategies for dealing with challenges – weather, for example – and some of their preparations could be helpful for those of us who are trying to help our plants survive:
With excessive heat warnings looming in the forecast, we want to avoid the heat and stay indoors – but don’t forget to give your garden a little extra TLC. The TMC Community Garden is thriving in spite of the heat, and the expected harvest will include many vegetables and herbs as well as cantaloupes, peaches, apricots, plums, apples, grapefruit, raspberries and more.
Compost is an important factor in the success of the garden and should also be watered and tended to regularly to assure you have the best materials for enhancing your garden’s progress. Per Brad Wedding, TMC grounds supervisor, compost materials can include anything of clean plant-based origin, such as “used brew grains, coffee grounds, non-productive vegetables” and more. Your local nursery and various websites offer information on composting and which materials to include as well as avoid.
Finally, establish a watering schedule. The best time to water is in the early morning during the cooler hours so your plants’ foliage can dry out before nightfall. And watering by mid-day will help keep the plants cooler, which is beneficial to them, especially on a really hot day.