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Geoff Hodge Web Editor Peterborough

I've been a horticultural journalist for 20 years, a gardener for longer than I want to think about and a veg grower for 25 years.

  • Date Joined: 21 Nov 2006

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Don't get caught out

Posted by Geoff Hodge on 07 May 2008 at 01:51 PM

A word from the wise (or at least someone who nearly got his fingers (or his plants) burnt - literally!): don't get caught out by this spell of hot weather like I nearly did.

I got up early yesterday morning as I had to go to RHS Garden Wisley. I'd opened the lean-to frame and the greenhouse to let in some air, but as the frame contains a lot of newly potted seedlings I wanted to ensure they didn't get too cold or blasted by wind - so only opened the glass doors a tad. I didn't get back from Wisley until late and it was too dark to see anything much in the garden. I checked everything early this morning and lots of the young plants were visibly panting for water. I had a look at the max/min thermometer and it registered a high of 39C yesterday!

This weather is great - and unexpected - but make sure you keep a close eye on all plants under cover - and in the garden or allotment - and be aware of their need for a good drink.

I'm going to ensure I leave the office on time tonight so I can carefully check everything - and water anything that needs it. 

Comments

Digger said:

This has happened with some of my sweetpeas all the top foliage is dried up, i think they might recover with some tlc

on 09 May 2008 at 09:38 AM