Dry days of summer may be great for picnics and family gatherings by the pool, but take care of your wonderful plants! If we don’t get rain naturally, you’ll need to Make It Rain! Grammar school science taught us about photosynthesis and how your plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers flourish after a good rain and a batch of sunshine. Rain is a most-prized asset for your garden, but your hose will do in a pinch!
Vegetables and raised gardens need rain every week, but you can use the finger test if the weather isn’t cooperating. Pull off your garden gloves and stick your index finger two inches into the soil. No matter how good your soil looks, if it feels dry, it is time to water, and if your soil is sandy, water it even more often.
It’s best to water in the early morning or late afternoon. However, if your plants are wilting, turn on the hose immediately. Potted plants need more attention. After all the hard work in choosing your pots and designing their placement, keep close attention that the soil is consistently moist.
Many seniors enjoy the fruits of their labor around the table when the tomatoes ripen and the lettuce pops. Anything seeded thrives in a moist environment. Keep note: May is not too late to plant many other choices which will yield veggies or flowers even through the Fall.
Read HERE for more tips on the when, where, and whys of watering your plants, and remember when it rains.. “Rain is not only drops of water. It’s the love of the sky for the earth.”