Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING -

While the heat of sum­mer is still a long way off, pre­par­ing your­self prop­erly for wa­ter­ing means your gar­den is less likely to suf­fer. Buy a de­cent hose – one that can reach all ar­eas of your gar­den, in­stall an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, sprin­klers or even just a good size wa­ter­ing can for when the truly hot weather starts. Once plants be­come heat-stressed, they rarely re­cover, and if you grow your This col­umn is adapted from the weekly e-zine, get grow­ing, from New Zealand Gardener mag­a­zine. For gar­den­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered to your in­box ev­ery Fri­day, sign up for Get Grow­ing at: get­grow­

veg­eta­bles in con­tain­ers, wa­ter­ing is even more im­por­tant, as mois­ture is lost much faster than in a reg­u­lar gar­den.

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