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and not just be­cause of the rain usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with an elec­tri­cal storm. Light­en­ing causes ni­tro­gen in the at­mos­phere to com­bine with hy­dro­gen to make am­mo­nium, and with oxy­gen to make ni­trate. These are po­tent plant fer­til­iz­ers, which get washed to the ground in the rain. Ni­tro­gen is a key com­po­nent of chloro­phyll, the sub­stance that makes plants green.

in the sense that rain­wa­ter is not pure H2O. It is ex­cel­lent for plants partly be­cause it con­tains plenty of sul­phur, which is vi­tal to the for­ma­tion of plant amino acids. De­pend­ing on the area, rain­wa­ter can con­trib­ute as much as 40 pounds of sul­phur per acre per year.

Wind may knock the stuff­ing out of your pe­onies in the spring, but it also has several ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects. Wind as­sists with pol­li­na­tion and spreads seeds (though ad­mit­tedly seed spread­ing isn’t what most gar­den­ers want—think dan­de­lions). It also pushes young trees to de­velop stronger an­chor roots. As far as the ef­fect of wind on gar­den­ers, it’s the one thing that may make work out­side bear­able when it’s really hot!

Col­lect seeds from plants when they are at their dri­est to pre­vent mould and mildew from grow­ing on them in stor­age.

Ex­treme heat causes many flow­ers to wilt as soon as they’re cut off from their life source. It’s true you will get more en­joy­ment from some flow­ers in­doors dur­ing a heat wave— some flow­ers will last longer in an air con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ment, and you may last longer look­ing at them in an air con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ment!—so cut them early in the morn­ing be­fore the day gets really hot, and bring a bucket of luke­warm wa­ter to plunge the cut ends into im­me­di­ately af­ter be­ing cut.

If you are will­ing and able to wa­ter them fre­quently enough— some­times twice a day—go ahead and

2. False, 3. False. 4. True. 5. False. 6. True.

leave your hang­ing bas­kets and pots in the sun. But if you are not vig­i­lant, a heat wave can do in your favourite dis­plays. Mov­ing pots and bas­kets to a shady area dur­ing a heat wave buys you a lit­tle more time to make sure they’re get­ting suf­fi­cient wa­ter. Bloom pro­duc­tion on sun lovers will, of course, go down, but it will pick up again when the weather sta­bi­lizes and you move the plants back to the sun.

There is a long-stand­ing myth that sun­light gets mag­ni­fied through wa­ter droplets on leaves, burn­ing the leaves. But have you ever seen this hap­pen? The strong ar­gu­ment for not wa­ter­ing your gar­den in the sun is that it’s in­ef­fi­cient; too much of the wa­ter gets ab­sorbed back into the air be­fore it gets ab­sorbed into the soil. How­ever, if your plants are look­ing sick and wilty in the heat of a sunny day, a good wa­ter­ing may make the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. (Note, though, that some plants have a ten­dency to take an af­ter­noon nap on a hot sunny day and re­cover hap­pily when the sun goes down with no spe­cial care.)

7. False. 8. False.

If you keep a healthy lawn, go ahead and leave the sprin­kler off through the hottest part of the sum­mer. The grass will turn brown, but that’s a sign of dor­mancy, not death. It will green up again when things cool down a bit.

Ac­cord­ing to bona fide sci­en­tific re­search by North­west­ern Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Frank Brown, plants do ab­sorb more wa­ter dur­ing a full moon, even when they are grown in­doors with­out win­dows.

Let­tuce is a cool-weather crop and it really suf­fers through the dog days of sum­mer.

9. True. 10. True. 8-10 cor­rect: 5-7 cor­rect: Fewer than 5 cor­rect:

You shine like the sun! Cool, Daddy-o.

Maybe you were hit on the head with a hail­stone as a child.

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