Are we in for a hot summer?

july-4-2008-024No-one knows for sure what the weather will be like this summer but the second half of June is predicted to be very warm and settled which is welcome news.

It is beautiful weather today and the plants are soaking up the wonderful sunshine and brilliant blue skies.

Whatever this summer might throw at us, here are my CLIMATE CHANGE gardening tips to help survive any high temperatures:

Choose drought tolerant plants such as agave, cannas, lavender, sedums, budlia, cystus, agapanthas and many more – visit

Letting your plants have a good soak every couple of days will be of more benefit than little and often watering as this does not encourage the plants to form strong roots to go down and search for water.

Install a water butt and water diverter to collect rain water from your roof, and remember to fit water butts to any sheds or greenhouses as well.

Mix water retaining gel into compost for free-standing pots and avoid containers that need regular watering such as hanging baskets.

Apply a mulch to moist ground to conserve water during autumn and spring to a depth of 3 to 4 inches ( chipped bark, mushroom compost or home made compost are good).

Try puddling new plants which means filling the hole with water several times before planting to lock in moisture.

Ensure plants are protected from wind which contributes greatly to drying out.


Cover the tops of containers with pebbles to conserve moisture

Hide plants and pots that are not drought tolerant from mid-day sun

Avoid mowing lawns too often and too short as they survive better in drought
if the blades shade each other

Never water or plant in full sun.

Grey water from your  kitchen sink,washing machine and bath is re-usable in your garden providing that it does not contain much soap or detergent.

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- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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