Central Oregon summers are hot and dry, and if you have lived here long, you know that, but if you are new to the area, gardening and maintaining a yard can be tough in the summer heat. We are here to help you out, so your garden will grow and look it’s very best.

Water, water, water- You definitely need to water more than in other, more humid and cool places. For a garden or potted plants, water them a little every day, and for a lawn, water well every other day. Be sure to water either in the morning, or evening, as you don’t want your plants or grass to burn if you water in the heat of the day. If it is hard to remember to water your garden, think about installing a drip system, that slowly provides water to the base of the plants every day for you.

Shade- Some plants LOVE the sun, like: tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, squash, peppers, and corn. Those plants can be in direct sun all day and will thrive, (still may need watering every day) but there are many plants that prefer shade, such as: kale, lettuce, radishes, carrots, cabbage, and cauliflower. If you don’t have them planted in a shaded area, you can buy a shaded cover at most yard and garden stores that will provide the shade they need to grow their best. 

Containers- If it is becoming hard to grow a garden in a big patch of dirt, or designated growing spot, think about carefully digging them up and planting them in big pots or containers, that you can easily move around to adjust to sun and heat needed for the individual plant.

Placement- If you choose not to go the container route, make sure you have the right placement for each plant in the garden. If you are growing taller plants that love the heat, think about growing the shorter, more shade-loving plants next to them, if the sun will block them more. Or the side of the garden that prefers shade, install a shade cover over just those plants, while the sun-loving plants can bask in the sun where they prefer to be.

Fertilizer- Hold off on fertilizing in the heat, or wait until it rains, because some fertilizers can burn plants if applied in the direct sun and heat. If you’re not sure what fertilizer to use, either go online and do research, or talk to the experts at your local yard and garden store, they can point you in the right direction.

We hope this has given you some helpful advise for growing here in the High Desert!

Happy Growing,
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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