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ATP Podcast #25: Beating the Heat

By dave
July 4, 2013

In the face of country-wide heat waves, we thought this would be a good time to review the best tips on how to keep your garden growing through the hottest part of the summer.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 3, 2013 10:48 PM CST
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Excellent, interesting, informative and fun podcast! Thumbs up Thumbs up

Really enjoyed it!

When it's hot, "production shuts down", including me! nodding

Thanks for doing it and am looking forward to the next one! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Horseshoe
Jul 6, 2013 11:40 AM CST
Ditto!
Nice podcast, especially on a dreaded topic such as "HEAT" in the garden. Yikes!

Glad to hear mention of "don't water so fast there is run-off"; the recommendation to allow the water to slowly percolate down is sage advice. I can't remember if over-head watering was mentioned (hey, it was five or 6:am this morning when I started listening, pre-coffee time) but I hope people give it up and move to soaker hoses or drip tape for best results, especially in veggie beds and small flower beds. As for those drooping 20' crepe myrtles, ya just gotta do the best you can with what you have to work with in those cases. And keep in mind to not water the trunk of trees (again, a common mistake) but to water the outer area just inside the dripline of the canopy. I sure hope ya'll don't go thru another big time drought like last year (or year before) where you lost established trees.

Whew, all that talk of 100º temps has me heading to the fridge for a cold drink of something! Keep in mind us gardeners need to be well watered also and perhaps "overhead watering" is the one time I'd recommend it...run through the sprinklers with your children! Have a water hose fight! Sneak up behind your parents and dump a bucket of water on them. (You hear me, Whitinger kids?) Whistling And water balloons are fun, too!

Well done, Dave and Trish.
Thanks!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 6, 2013 11:50 AM CST

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That's good info, Shoe, thanks for all that. I did mention the advantages of drip tape/soaker hoses and I'm a firm believer in it. Overhead spray is only really good for temporary hard to hit spots and lawns. I was in error to not mention the need to take care of people in the heat! You're right and I wish I had mentioned that. Hopefully they'll read the comments here and see your good advice. Thumbs up

Water hose fights are fun. Smiling So is a horse trough full of water. Smiling Here's some photos of the summer of 2003.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jul 6, 2013 12:55 PM CST
Heheheh, what fun pictures! Perfect! Especially the last one...it's extremely important children learn to use a water hose to squirt for distance, eh!? :>) You look soaked! They learned fast, didn't they! Those sure are some happy children.

A mere 86º here today but I should go find a horse trough for later this week. Smiling





Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 6, 2013 5:28 PM CST

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They sure did surprise me when they turned that hose on me! Lots of fun. Smiling
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Jul 8, 2013 10:49 AM CST
I esp. loved the last pic!
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