Having a blooming garden in an arid landscape or during a hot summer can be challenging, especially if you don’t have time to care for your garden daily. The following tips for tending a garden in arid or hot conditions will work in areas where summers are long, as well as areas where precipitation is low year round. You will still want to consult your local nursery in buying hardy plants for your climate. Then apply these blooming garden tips to turn your arid landscape into a beautiful retreat.
Use Plants instead of Planting
For your garden to bloom in arid conditions avoid planting in your garden soil and instead use planters. Select a rich potting soil that absorbs moisture and will feed your plant for several months. Be prepared to replace this soil every three months, or to supplement it with nutrients. Add a cup of saw dust to 4 cups of rich garden soil before planting your garden planters. The saw dust will increase the water absorption further.
Build Simple Water Dispensers
Whether you have time to water your blooming garden every day or not, adding a little homemade water dispenser will ensure that your plant will continue to get water even during the hottest hours of the day. Take a plastic soda bottle and punch a small hole at the bottom. Remove the bottle cap to prevent air vacuum from keep the water in place. The hole should be small enough to create no more than a small drizzle into your garden planter. Rest the bottle standing up, with a rock under the bottle to prevent the hole from plugging. If necessary secure the bottle top to a plant branch to keep the bottle upright.
Cool Your Blooming Garden
For especially hot days, your blooming garden will appreciate a little cold water. Scatter a cupful of ice into each planter. Keep away from the main stem, but stack the ice to give the plant a slow, cold water release for at least one hour before all the ice melts.
Create a Cheap Water Delivery System
For plants planted in your garden soil, create a cheap water delivery system from a long garden hose. Stretch the hose in the garden around the plants you want to keep watered. Cut holes into the house where it curves around the plant. Then keep a slim trickle of water flowing through the house all day.
Cover the base around your plants with mulch to help prevent water evaporation. You can use mulch in planters as well. If you have no mulch, use sawdust instead, or pine needles. And take a look at this mulch garden makeover, which offers an inexpensive way of landscaping in arid zones.
Another way to add blooming health to your garden planters is to provide them with much needed shade. You can build simple sunshades to stick in each planter and cover the plant from direct sunlight. Cut a piece of hardwood to a size that will cover the majority of your plant if it were to hang overhead. Nail a post to the center of the hardwood, then stick the post in the planter. (See the article pictures for an example of a window box sunshade.)
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