As we head into the dogs days of summer, my garden takes a little vacation. The hot, dry weather slows down plant growth quite a bit. But most of my perennials are well established spring bloomers, and they can take the heat without a lot of watering. We'll even let our grass go dormant if necessary. Once it rains, it always greens up again. Just about the only areas I do water now that it's mid-summer are my window boxes and planters that are filled with annuals. They give a much needed shot of color as we head into August.
I'm always looking for ways to conserve water. We try to avoid using overhead sprinklers which can waste a lot of water. One of the best ways to water flower and vegetable beds is to use a soaker hose that waters at the root zone instead of on top of the leaves. You can purchase a soaker hose or make one by taking a section of old hose and poking a hole in it with a needle. At the hose's end, use a spray nozzle in the off position as a cap.
For plants that have a greater moisture need, fill a plastic soda bottle with water, put the cap back on, and with a needle, poke a small hole in the cap. The hole should only be big enough to allow the water to drip out slowly. Bury the bottle, with the cap down, near the root zone of the plant. This will provide easy drip irrigation.
How is your garden doing this summer? Do you have any tips you'd like to share?