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Wa­ter, wa­ter, more wa­ter. And mulch, mulch and more mulch, es­pe­cially coarse mulches like pea straw that will pro­tect soil from sum­mer heat. Dead­head all flow­ers to en­cour­age more blooms. Soak pot plants in a bucket or the bath overnight to stop soil turn­ing to con­crete in the heat and re­pelling wa­ter. Add ice cubes to the dog’s drink­ing bowl and make sure it’s in the shade. Find where the cat is sit­ting – it will be the coolest spot in the gar­den – and put your chair there. Add sun hat, cool drinks and a copy of The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, then put your feet up.

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