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July 05, 2020

Summer Plant Care: 8 Tips To Survive A Heat Wave

Promote high humidity
Plants that like high humidity (many epiphytes and tropicals such as fittonia, calathea and most ferns) should be frequently misted through periods of heat. You can also fill a shallow dish with pebbles, fill with water, and set your pot on top to create a little humid microclimate for your plant that will provide humidity and help your plants survive summer.

Water well, and water deeply
As you’ve probably read on our blog before, proper watering is key to indoor plant care. Though over-watering is the most efficient way to kill your houseplant, heat and sun cause water to evaporate from soil at much faster rates. In preparation for a heat wave, be sure to give your plants a deep watering – if you water too quickly or not enough, often just the top of the soil gets wet and the rest escapes down the sides of your pot and out the bottom. Make sure the water is actually absorbed by watering slowly, and allowing the plant to soak up excess water in a bowl for 10-20 after watering.

While you’re in summer plant care mode, check your plants soil moisture level more frequently than normal, either by using a moisture meter, or with the trusty “finger test” – water when soil feels dry at 1-2″ down for most tropical plants. Another key indicator of fast-drying, compacted soil is when the soil pulls away from the sides of the pot. If there’s a gap between the soil and the side of the pot, it’s time to rehydrate!

If you happen to have A/C, keep in mind that the dry air can dry pots out just as quickly as the sun. Keep an eye out for thirsty plants and water well.

Shade sensitive plants from too much sun

Plants get sunburn, too. Plants that live in south and west-facing windows will get an especially bright dose of vitamin D during this weekend’s heat wave. But since you can’t put sunscreen on their leaves, it’s best to move them a bit further into your house to spare them from this direct hit of the sun. As mentioned at the top, this goes for succulents and cacti that haven’t been acclimated to direct sun, too.

Keep it cool
If you’ve ever felt faint in the heat, imagine what your plants must feel like! Do your best to keep your plants out of the hottest spots in your home while in summer plant care mode. This might mean moving them away from windows or even into other rooms during hot times.

Also, it may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to keep your house cool in the heat (assuming you don’t have A/C) is actually to close your windows during the day when the heat is on, and open them back up at night when it cools down. If you can manage to get the house just a few degrees cooler, you’ll feel a lot better, and so will your plants!

Don’t fertilize during a heat wave

Though fertilizer is your friend, especially during summer, a stressed plant should never be fertilized until it recovers. When your plant is in summer survival mode, it’s not looking for extra nutrients and isn’t prepared to make use of them. Introducing these into the soil will risk further stressing your plant. Wait until it cools down a bit for your next feeding!

Don’t re-pot during a heat wave

Likewise, you shouldn’t choose a 100+ degree day as the perfect moment to re-pot that root-bound ficus (or any other plant for that matter). Why? Leaves always get damaged during re-potting (and in fact, proper re-potting often involves trimming away a lot of the root mass). Re-potting will cause your plant to get a bit stressed (even though it’s important plant maintenance in the long run) and this added stress could cause it to fail during the heat.

Wait to prune

Why wait to prune off damaged leaves and stems until after the heat wave passes? You guessed it: stress. While a little pruning here and there often helps your plant spur new growth, immediately assuming that a leaf that’s wilted or discolored is a goner is not the best choice during a heat wave. When conditions get back to normal, the leaf might rebound. Plus, it might still be supporting the overall health of the plant. And, of course, pruning does cause a bit of stress to your plant. It’s best to wait until temperatures get a bit back in the normal range before snipping off leaves and stems that didn’t make it.

Learn to recognize stress

Last but certainly not least, being ready to catch problems early is key to stopping them before they take hold and ravage your indoor plants. Common signs of stress to keep in mind for summer plant care usually have to do with too much heat and too little water.

– Tropical plants, especially those with tender leaves, usually wilt with exposure to too much heat.
– Foliage that was once bright green may look pale when stressed.
– Sunburn manifests in a variety of ways, but often looks like a rough brown or yellow patch on leaves/stems.
– Flowers (and leaves) often drop off or yellow when a plant is stressed

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HCG Executive

Wendy M, Maryann J, Edythe N, Donna-Lee G, Helen S

February 07, 2020

Dear Gardeners


Please check your email for further information, all applications must be in with payment before February 20th. 

HCG Executive

Wendy M, Maryann J, Edythe N, Donna-Lee G, Helen S

September 15, 2020

Dear Gardeners,

Food bank day. 

Wendy, Edythe, Maryann and Helen
The HCG executive 

August 15, 2020
Dear Gardeners,

Due to the increase of cases of Covid 19 in the province we have decided to cancel the September 2 Harvest Fest this year. 

Fortunately the garden is still open, our vegetables are growing well and we can still use physical distancing when we visit with our fellow gardeners. 

Wendy, Edythe, Maryann and Helen
The HCG executive 

July 16, 2020
Dear Gardeners, 
When I (i.e. Wendy) came  to the garden at about 5pm today, water was gushing out of a split hose. This occurs when someone forgets to turn the water off at the faucet and instead turns it off only at the nozzle head, causing the water pressure to burst the hose.  Unfortunately this is the second hose within a week.
Please be sure to take special care to check that you’ve turned off the water at both of these points when you leave your garden plots.  Not only are hoses damaged in this way, but more importantly, water is running out unchecked for undetermined amounts of time.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
On behalf of the HCG executive 
July 01, 2020

The Founding members BIO have been updated in the about section of our website. Please take some time and learn about the amazing women who made the Highland Community Garden Possible!

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An Organic Garden Is:


A place to cultivate the earth and our connection with it

A place to greet the sun and the rain

To keep our garden healthy we need to:

Feed the soil and let it breathe

Welcome earthworms, and thank busy soil organisms that are hard at work

Put in lots of compost every year

Observe the weather

Welcome the gifts of the seasons

Weed early and often

Leave wild spaces


Know the cycles of the moon

Keep a garden journal


Explore companion planting

Flowers and herbs love fruits and vegetables

Welcome beneficial insects

Discourage foes

Work in harmony with nature

Take pleasure in your garden and see it as a gift to the birds, the bees and the children

Save seeds and tell stories

Look at the stars

Rotate crops and rest the earthObserve, adapt, sustain and preserve

Savour the abundance

Share the harvest

Give thanks


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