Desert plants like this agave do well in hot, dry conditions.
Heat Island Effect
Anyone who's spent any time in urban areas knows that they create their own
microclimate. Many of us learned as kids about asphalt's ability to heat up
in summer. Whether chasing a ball from the cool grass to the scorching street
or walking across a hot parking lot, we learned that the street is much hotter
than the dirt or lawn. This extra heat absorbed and radiated by masses of concrete
and asphalt is called the heat island effect.... >>more
Watering is usually the top summer chore for gardeners. From June through August,
evaporation and plant transpiration (together termed evapotranspiration) reach
their peak. Water is quickly lost from the soil, from the leaves, and even
from pots like terra cotta and wood. Keeping moisture levels adequate can be
Some Like It Hot
When selecting plants for patios and balconies, consider those from habitats
that most closely match your conditions, such as areas exposed to wind and
sun, with limited water and soil, as well as large temperature fluctuations.
Plants from areas like scrubland, screes, mountainsides, and deserts often
patio plants..... >>more
Moss' Kitchen Garden Plants
Summer is the season for growing edibles. Producing your
own food lifts the spirits and keeps you in touch with nature. On
the practical side, growing your own food boosts your nutrition and sharpens
your culinary skills.... >>more
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August Q and A
Question: What easy-care city plants have truly blue flowers? Most of the things I
hope will be blue come up purple. >>more