Beating the Heat

Authored by Sheldon Falk, Owner and operator of Falk Nurseries

We all wait for summer and then when it gets hot and sticky we wonder what we are waiting for. This was never truer than when the garden is full of weeds. Gardening is one of those areas where our lack of character shows up particularly in areas of consistency and diligence. If the weeds Got Away on you, your hooped! There are very few things as demoralizing as hours of weeding in the heat. So my suggestion for all you covid gardeners would be keep ahead of the game! It’s easy to be gone for a weekend, wait for the garden to dry, etc. etc. The problem is the weeds keep growing when it’s hot and wet. If you can read before the place looks like grass it’s always a bonus. I’ve done the hours of weeding in the heat because I was behind.

So recommendation one is don’t fall behind it’s demoralizing. Secondly it’s always much easier to read early in the morning for two reasons one you’ve had your coffee you’re good to go, secondly and more importantly it’s not blazing hot yet. Yes there are mosquitoes but that’s why God made spray!? Given the options I would wear long sleeves and some spray and get out of there before it’s 34 degrees and sticky. I find evenings stay warm longer and mornings I do have more optimism and energy. Thirdly once you develop the character qualities you need to make this happen you will also find out your reward is worth it. I have never bought a tomato from the store that tasted as good as the ones in my own garden. So for those who can’t see the tomatoes anymore because of weeds. Now is better than later. One more final point. Weed in a group! It’s way more fun to get it done fast. Then go inside and enjoy some watermelon together. Hope your Gardens turn out well! Enjoy the adventure and the learning curve. No one becomes an expert without experience. And experts are people who made mistakes and learn from them.


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