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Keep the garden alive this summer: Daisy shares how!

The height of summer doesn’t have to bring an end to the sowing and growing. After some summer showers, followed by a spell of hot days, many gardens will be full of lush growth.

But if yours is failing to deliver - don’t fret! Daisy Payne is here to help your garden survive and thrive for the rest of the year.

Watering the garden:

This time of the year is crucial when it comes to watering, especially after the recent heatwave. There are some factors to bear in mind to ensure we are giving plants the best chance to survive and thrive throughout the summer. 

Daisy’s top tips: 

  • Water at night - this gives your plants time to really absorb the water overnight and avoids them being scorched. 

  • Give shaded plants a good soak at least once a day in sunny weather.

  • Don't water all the leaves and the top of the plant - get the hose pipe or watering can down into the base of the plant. 

  • For pots in plants, try the plastic bottle hack.

  • Give roses a boost as the first flush of flowers fades by feeding them with rose food. 

Reviving your plants:

If you have accidentally neglected your plants, or been unable to water sufficiently there are still ways that you can bring them back to life again. 

 Daisy’s top tips:

  • Plants in pots dry out quickly in hot weather, so water twice a day. Trays/saucers can act as a reservoir to draw from.

  • Soak your plants in a paddling pool at the end of the day for around 20 minutes. This helps them absorb water from the base. 

  • For really dry plants, add a few handfuls of garden compost around them straight after you’ve watered. This keeps the soil damp for longer and will feed it the plant. If plants still look peaky, dilute liquid seaweed feed in a full watering can and water over the leaves at a cool time of day.

  • Use gravel, pea shingle, bark chips, layers of newspaper or cardboard when planting as this stops moisture evaporating. Water well before you put it on or you’ll seal in dry soil that will struggle to benefit when it finally does rain.

Taking care of the lawn:

We think about mowing the lawn, but what about when it comes to food and water? Looking after the lawn is important and luckily it is quite low maintenance. 

Daisy’s top tips:

  • Don’t mow your lawn really short as this will cause it stress! When you cut the grass short, the heat gets to the roots more - when it's longer it protects its roots like a canopy.

  • Check the weather forecast! If no rain is due or likely, use a sprinkler in the evening when it's at it's coolest, and water it for a good amount of time, so that it gives the grass a really thorough, deep watering. 

  • It might be tempting to get the sprinkler out at midday when it's at its hottest, but don't. This will do more harm than good because it will lead to the lawn losing water too quickly.

  • You can leave your lawn unwatered for a few weeks. It might go a little brown in this heat, but that doesn't mean it's dead - it has simply gone dormant and it will come back to life with rain or a sprinkling of water.

  • Plus, while you're away, you won't be causing any stress by walking on it - so it'll benefit from this little break! 

Nourishing your homegrown produce:

Your plants that grow fruit and vegetables need lots of nutrition so you need to feed them regularly. 

Daisy’s top tips:

  • Give any vegetable plants plenty of water, too. Growbag watering pots are a real time-saver.

  • Make sure that your tomatoes are well supported and watered regularly.

  • Make sure cucumbers have good support. Train their stems upwards and tie in their long stems to vertical wires or use cane supports. 

  • Don’t allow any water to splash on the leaves - this can damage them in strong sunlight (the droplets act like magnifying glasses to intensify the sun’s rays)

  • Use a tomato feed in my borders, pots and hanging baskets every two weeks.

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