Some Like it Hot : 4 tips for watering your plants

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Some Like it Hot : 4 tips for watering your plants

It’s hot outside. Gardeners can escape summer’s heat by retreating to the air-conditioning or a shady porch, but garden plants have to tough it out in scorching temperatures.

Careful attention to watering will help them sail through the steamy days of summer.

Walking with two Fiskars Easy-Pour Watering Cans

1. Morning is the best time to water. Get out early, before the day heats up, and take a couple of watering cans along as you check on your plants. It’s actually easier to carry two watering cans than just one: your load is better balanced.

Filling a watering can - Fiskars Easy-Pour Watering Can

Fiskars Easy-Pour watering can holds just over two and a half gallons of water. The small off-set hole makes it easy to fill, and the hinged handle helps you extend your reach into flower beds, to water new plants in.

Fiskars Easy-Pour watering potted flowers

2. Pay special attention to plants in pots. A lot of moisture is lost through evaporation, and since colorful annuals and other plants in pots do not have access to moisture in the soil, they dry out more quickly than plants in the ground. Even plants in large pots may need to be watered every day in the summer.

Using the Easy-Pour watering can to fill a hole for planting

3. Newly planted trees and shrubs also need special care: their roots are just getting established and can’t yet tap into the moisture deep in the soil. Give them a good, deep watering after planting, but then avoid watering too often, to encourage the roots to grow deep. Water once a week if it doesn’t rain, and mulch around new plants to limit moisture loss. The Easy-Pour watering can’s rose turns to provide either a shower or a stream.

Watering a tomato plant

4. It’s tomato season: in the heat of summer, keep your plants healthy with a slow, deep watering every three days, rather than a lighter daily drench. A gentle shower at the base of tomato plants will seep into the soil without splashing up on the leaves (which can spread soil-borne diseases). Watering right at the base of plants also limits moisture loss to evaporation. Mulch around your tomatoes.

In much of the country, there are up to 60 days a year when the thermometer registers 86 and above. That’s lemonade and iced-tea weather for most of us.   Before you retire to the porch, take yourself and your watering cans for a nice walk in the garden and give your plants a long, cool drink of water.