Adapting to the Heatwave
This year, the heatwaves are more intense, and it's crucial to keep a close eye on your Salvia garden. Make sure to water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce water evaporation. If the temperatures are exceptionally high, consider providing some temporary shade to protect your plants from the scorching sun.
With the increase in temperatures, there might be an increase in pest activity. Be vigilant and monitor your garden for any signs of spider mites or other pests. Employ natural methods to combat them, such as introducing beneficial insects or using a strong spray of water to dislodge them from the plants.
In extreme heat, it's best to reduce the amount of fertilizer you use, as plants often slow down their growth in high temperatures. Focus on providing a balanced fertilizer that doesn't stress the plants.
Mulching is even more critical this year to conserve soil moisture and keep the soil temperature down. Consider using organic mulches like bark or compost, which will also enrich the soil as they decompose.
If you're planning to add new plants to your garden, it's best to wait for a cooler times of the day or ensure that they are well-protected from the intense sun. Provide them with plenty of water and consider using a shade cloth to protect them during the hottest part of the day.
Lastly, don't forget to enjoy your garden! However, be mindful of the heat and avoid spending extended periods outside during peak heat hours. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to enjoy the beauty of your Salvia garden.
Stay safe, and happy gardening!