How to Prepare Your Garden for Summer Heat Waves
This list of simple tips can help your garden thrive in a heat wave.
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In the U.S., a record-breaking heat wave hit the Pacific Northwest last week. As of today, Western states are facing another day of heat with more than 18 million people under heat alerts. In a heat wave, it can be challenging to keep on top of things in your garden and make sure that your plants survive the extreme temperatures.
Think About Resilience From the Outset
If you have not yet established your vegetable plot, I recommend thinking about resilience from the outset. Think about extreme weather conditions which may be experienced in your area. Plant for as much biodiversity as possible and make a climate-resilient garden through the plants you choose, and the ways in which you think about soil, water, and other factors.
Remember, growing in rows in a traditional vegetable garden is not the only option. Perennial planting schemes like forest gardens can make your garden far more resilient, whatever extreme weather conditions climate change will bring.