Take time to sort out your soil
This is the time when plants need the most moisture. They are either in full flower or producing seeds and fruits. Organic growers build up their soil, adding home-made compost, so that it holds water – keeping it readily available during dry times. Compost adds bulk to a sandy, light soil, and it breaks up heavy clay. And, of course, it also adds precious nutrients, so there’s no need for that expensive fertiliser.
Put your weeds to work
Don’t obliterate your weeds! Many of them – such as dandelions and nettles – provide important nectar for pollinating insects. So keep a few, and when you pull them up, put the leaves, not the roots, on to the compost heap, as they contain useful nutrients.