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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Muskmelon - Some garden plants can beat the heat of summer
Diana Balazs The Arizona Republic May. 27, 2006 12:00 AM
If your spring garden of pretty blooms has shriveled from the heat, take heart.There are plants that will flower during the summer. You also can take steps to nurse your more heat-sensitive plants along until the cool of fall.The first step is to increase your watering. The trick is to water more deeply and less frequently. Try watering twice a week and see how your plants respond. Plants in containers, particularly clay or terra cotta, may need to be watered more frequently.
Water in the cool of the morning. Evening watering can encourage the growth of fungal diseases. Do not water during the heat of the day. Water will evaporate and your plants' leaves could become sunburned.If you can, provide shade from the hot afternoon sun for your more heat-sensitive plants. Avoid planting near hot west walls.Stop fertilizing your plants, particularly roses. The goal is to encourage plants to become partly dormant rather than to promote growth during this stressful time. Begin fertilizing in October when temperatures drop.Do apply at least 2 inches of mulch or compost to the base of your plants. That layer of protective organic material not only cools the soil, but reduces the rate of water evaporation.If you like color in your yard during the summer, bougainvillea and vinca are two sun worshipers.Bougainvillea is a colorful shrub that thrives in the heat, even against west walls, and blooms best when deprived of water.Vinca is a popular flowering plant for containers and borders that comes in a variety of colors. It is also known as periwinkle. It does need regular watering, but will grow in full sun.Here are some more plants that won't take a summer vacation:Globe mallow, gomphrena, lantana, lisianthus, oleander, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, Texas sage and yellow bells.
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