Gardening is not something you can put effort into only once and yield constantly. You have to make consistent efforts and ensure your small garden plants are safe and in good condition.
Plants are very feeble and prone to extreme weather conditions such as scorching sun or flooding rains. So if you are planning to make a small backyard garden or already have one, you need to be extra careful and protect them from extreme weather conditions.
But how? Many rookie gardeners may have this question. Worry not. Here we are with another gardening article on how to protect your garden from extreme weather. It includes some of the best ideas and tricks professional gardeners use to keep your plants safe. We also recommend you invest in a personal weather station that will help you in depicting the weather conditions.
Protection From The Scorching Heat
You simply cannot leave your shade-loving plants in the burning sun during heat waves and hot summer days. You have to make sure they stay alive and in great condition. For that, here are some ideas you can use in your garden.
- Build a shade- You can make a small shade for your garden plants by placing strong wooden sticks around them and a piece of cloth or burlap sack on those sticks. This shade will not let the sun affect your plants directly.
- Plant tall plants around small ones- Plants like sunflower and corn are the best if you want to keep your small plants away from the sun. Simply plant these tall plants around your shade-loving plants so they can stay cool underneath the tall plant's shade.
- Water them frequently- During summer and heatwaves, it's normal for plants to get dehydrated. However, you should keep an eye on them and water them more than usual, so they don't dry up and die.
- Add mulch- Mulch is the best if you want to trap moisture around the roots of your plants. You can use dried grass or shredded bark. This will keep the plant's roots away from direct sunlight and reflect it.
Protection From The Wild Winds
As we all know, wind damage is irreversible. You cannot do anything once your plant's stem or barks are broken. So you should take some preventive measures to protect your plants from wild winds.
Here are some ideas you can use.
Cloches work like a shield for small plants, if you don't know. So if you have small plants you cannot take indoors, you can put cloches on them. Also, you can make your own using water bottles and buckets.
Windbreak or building walls will work as a permanent solution if you live in a windy region. These windbreaks will not only help in saving the smaller plants but also keep your medium-sized plants intact. You can also make a DIY windbreak at home.
For tall yet delicate plants, giving support works best. You can tie them up to a pole or wooden plank. So, these plants won't lose their shape even during windy days.
Protection From Heavy Rains
Heavy rains are a big issue if you are a farmer. These rains can devastate all your yearly efforts within hours. So you should be more attentive towards your plants or crops during rains.
- Rain cover- If your area is facing flooding rains, you can save your plants or crops by placing a fabric or plastic cover over them or building a shade over them to keep them from deforming.
- Water runoff- If your garden or farm doesn't have a good drainage system, and the water stays there for a long time, there is a chance your plant's roots may rot. For that, make sure you have good drainage and plant your crops at a raised height.
- Use mulch- The mulch will help protect the roots of your plants, so you can use layers of mulch. It will keep the water away from roots and absorb the excess water.
Protection From Icy Frost
Like any heatwave, the icy frost and low temperatures can harm your crops and plants. So, here are some easy yet effective ways you can protect your plants from freezing to death.
- Bring small plants indoors- If it's possible, place the small potted plants indoors as the temperature in your house or a shade will be higher as compared to the temperature outside.
- Mulching- Mulching is the easiest way to keep the soil moist and warm. You can spread shredded bark around the roots or fully cover it using mulch if the plant is small.
- Cover the plant- If the plant is too big and not possible to bring indoors, you can cover the plant using a plastic cover or an old blanket. Make sure you cover them fully and remove those blankets when the temperature rises.
- Water them well- If you are well aware that the temperatures will drop down, the least you can do to save your plants is to water them well. The reason behind this is that moisture can bind heat well.
Protecting your garden is your duty; there is no escape from it. And now you might have understood that it's way easier than you thought. So make sure you take preventive measures and help those plants revive after bad weather.
Lastly, do not forget to refer to this article during bad weather as it includes all ways you can save your garden from extreme weather.