Although few households are able to maintain their garden during the Indian summer, it’s not something that comes naturally to all.
As there are so many varying types of soil around India, knowing which type of soil you have and what to plant where is also a skill that needs to be learned to effectively grow plants in the Indian heat.
Even if you do not have a garden of your own or are temporarily renting, you can still make the most of the summer by using pots instead. When you know the right plants and how to protect them, they will surely survive the heat.
Unlike just turning up the air conditioning in your home, the temperature of the sun in the garden is going to be constant. We as humans can go indoors if the heat gets too much or get a drink from the kitchen; however, this is something that plants are unable to do.
Just as we can become dehydrated, think of your plants this summer to ensure they remain healthy and look great:
- If you have potted plants, one of the things you should check as the weather starts to heat up is the soil. Because you can move their location, you should choose to cluster them rather than have them lone standing. This means that they will only receive direct heat from one side.
- To keep the soil nutrient-rich, use manure that is rich in nutrients such as oil cakes and manure, and continue to do so at least every four weeks to keep them in good shape.
- Beware of pests which tend to multiply during the summer, but try to stick to natural rather than chemical pest control methods as they are better for the plants.
- If you keep your plants indoors, you don’t need to ensure that they are getting direct sunlight. Natural sunlight via the windows is also sufficient for them.
- If you have plants on the terrace, water them twice daily. If you have potted plants, do not allow them to swim in water, instead- place a saucer underneath and allow excess to drain away.
- Plants can become damaged through weather or accidentally by people or pets. Those damaged parts should be removed so that fresh growth can be encouraged.
- You should not let your plants wither. To avoid this, spread insulation such as twigs or dead leaves which will not only fertilise the soil but also help to keep the moisture inside. You can even use stones or pebbles.
- If you are growing vegetables like Pumpkins or Brinjals, you should apply extra manure to ensure they grow healthily in the summer heat. During this time, they will need the extra nutrition.
- During the summer, most people choose to grow blossoms because of the colour and beauty. As the heat and humidity are going to be higher, the germination period is accelerated. Plant the seeds in an area that is not in direct light to protect the saplings as they grow.
Growing your own garden is a feeling you have to experience to appreciate. Don’t let our Indian summer heart stop you from nurturing your garden!