We all know that temperatures are rising with each passing year. Sadly, it is climate change in action. In particular, summer can see sweltering temperatures in Australia, which can be a real challenge for our gardens..

If you take pride in your garden, you've probably felt the frustration of seeing your booming plants suddenly struggle to make it through those summer days. When the relentless sun beats down, even your eagerly anticipated harvest of beautiful flowers and vegetables can't stand up to the unstoppable rays.

You're not alone in this struggle. You don't have to give up on your gardening dreams when the sun starts throwing fiery tantrums. We've got your back with some straightforward tips to get your garden all set for those summer days. You can keep your plants happy and flourishing, even when battling high temperatures. If you haven't already, it's time to prepare your garden to beat the heat.

Prep your garden scorching summer days

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Australia is home to seven different climate zones. Regardless of where you live, climate change will mean warmer, drier periods (and wetter periods in alternation). So, we need to consider this when planning our veggie patch. Native plants are an eco-friendly and practical choice. Native species are pretty well adapted to the local environment and require minimal intervention. These plants have already established a harmonious relationship with the local ecosystem, making them excellent choices for water conservation. Research your region's native flora to discover a variety of suitable options. 

Tips for Watering Your Garden During Summer Days

1. Ditch the Sprinklers: A Water-Wasting No-No

You may have heard before that there are more efficient ways to water your garden than sprinklers. They are convenient, but a significant portion of the water they spray is lost to evaporation or ends up on hardscapes, like your driveway. This means your plants might get less moisture than you think. In addition, overhead watering can leave the leaves wet, which can promote disease and fungal issues, not to mention wasting water. Instead, opt for more precise methods that deliver water right to the root zone, such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses.

2. Water Early in the Morning

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When it comes to watering, timing is everything. The best time to water your garden is early morning. Why? Because the temperatures are cooler, and the winds are usually calm, which means less evaporation and more water reaching your plant's roots. Watering early also allows your plants to dry off before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Watering in the evening is a close second-best choice, but try to avoid late-night watering to prevent excess moisture on leaves overnight.

3. Don't Forget the Soil

Before you even start watering, take a moment to evaluate your soil. Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving garden. Adding organic matter like compost can improve its water-holding capacity, meaning it retains moisture more effectively. Well-nourished soil ensures your plants have access to the water they need, and you won't have to water as frequently.

4. Mulching: Nature's Moisture Blanket

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Mulch is like a protective blanket for your garden. It helps retain soil moisture by reducing evaporation and regulating soil temperature. When you mulch your garden beds with organic materials like wood chips, straw, or shredded leaves, you create a barrier that keeps the soil cool and moist, even in the hottest weather. This means you'll need to water less frequently, saving water and effort. Bonus benefit - fewer weeds!

5. Deep Watering

When you water your garden, could you give it a deep soak? Think of it as a long drink on a hot day. This encourages your plant's roots to grow deeper, making them more resilient in the summer heat. In fact, watering deeply a couple of times a week is better than shallow watering every day.

6. Collect and Reuse Water

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Don't let water go to waste. Collect rainwater in barrels, or save the water from your showers, baths, and kitchen activities. This 'grey water' can be used to hydrate your garden. Be sure to use natural (preferably organic!) biodegradable soaps and detergents in your home to ensure the grey water won't harm your plants.

Providing Shade for Your Plants

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A bit of shade can help your plants stay cool, reduce water loss through evaporation, and protect them from going to seed or waste.

Shade Cloth: One way to give your plants a break from the intense sun is by using shade cloth. You can drape it over plants or even make a little shade tent to shelter your more delicate buddies. Just be sure to choose the right shade cloth – some let in more light than others, so think about the needs of your specific plants.

Strategic Planting: Mother Nature has her own way of providing shade. If you've got tall trees or shrubs in your garden, use them to your advantage. Position smaller, more sun-sensitive plants underneath them. Just ensure your sun-lovers aren't completely dark – they still need some daylight.

Temporary Structures: If you're feeling a bit DIY, you can create temporary structures to shield your plants. Some wooden stakes, a few old bedsheets, or even a makeshift awning can work wonders. These structures can be moved around to ensure all your plants get their time in the shade.


Getting your garden ready for those hot summer days isn't just about making life easier for you; it's also about doing your part to help the planet. When it comes to climate change and water shortages, every bit counts. So, by picking the right plants, being mindful of water use and giving your garden some shade, you're on your way to becoming an eco-hero. Your garden will transform into a beautiful haven, even when the heat is as intense as ever.

Lastly, remember to protect your hands and nails after a day of gardening. Consider using a quality hand and nail cream like the SANCTUM HAND & NAIL REPAIR to soothe and nourish your skin. And always remember to protect yourself from the sun's harsh rays while tending to your garden. Just like your plants, you need some protection too! So, stay out of the sun in the middle of the day, put on your sun hat, apply your SPF and follow these tips to keep your garden happy and blooming even in the summer days.




November 30, 2023