Heat Management Tips for Summer
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
The last few days at Vegepod South Africa have been cooking... and not the usual cooking in the kitchen! A heat wave has seen consecutive temperatures soaring to as high as 36 degrees - yikes! I've been glued to the fan on my desk and avoiding the heat outside so imagine my upset when I checked on my Vegepod this morning to see my leafy greens and strawberries were burnt to a crisp. Some last minute rescuing got me thinking about how to set up my Vegepod for the rest of the summer heat - especially while I'm away over the festive season.
1. MORE WATER. Higher temperatures means quicker evaporation and although the point of the Vegepod is water saving, the extra hot days will dry your reservoir quicker than normal. Plus, keeping the leaves and top soil wet, will prevent the burning from the sun during the hottest hours of the day.
2. TIME OF WATERING. Plants need their water in the morning so that they are ready to cope for whats coming for the rest of the day. I know it's tempting to water when it's at the hottest point of the day, but by then your plants have had hours of sizzling heat.
3. PLANTS THAT LOVE HEAT. Sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and squash are just some of the veggies that thrive in higher temperatures. It's worth planning these ahead if you know it's going to be a hot summer.
4. MULCH. Applying a layer of mulch ensures the soil beneath stay damp for as long as possible and regulates the soil temperature. You can make your own or get from your local garden center or make your own at home!
5. SHADE CLOTH. The Vegepod's standard canopy has 17% shade which is perfect to take off those extra hot rays, however if you are receiving consecutive days of 33 degree plus heat, the shade cover is something you may want to consider to save those veg! Sold as an extra accessory for those who would like to bump up that shade to 80% for extra hot days.
6. WATER TIMER. The last thing you need is to forget to water in the heat! All Vegepods are compatible with timers to make your gardening extra stress-free. You can shop our Gardena range here.
7. HARVEST & PICK. It helps to harvest anything that is ripe. It sounds silly, but picking from the plants is what helps keep them productive. The bigger the plant and fruit, the more work the plant has to do to keeps it alive and more stress it puts on the roots.