Crazy from the Heat: 9 Ways (You May Not Have Already Thought of) to Keep Yourself and Your Garden Alive in High Temperatures
It’s hotter than a cookie tray full of pizza rolls out there and I’m not quite acclimated yet. My veggie & annual plants don’t have the support system of a been-around-the-block perennial, shrub or tree and they still need my attention, regardless of how uninhabitable it is out there. So I need to find ways to cope with the various aspects of burning one's biscuits, on purpose.
Most people would offer the advice to get out there in the morning before the sun gets hot, but I'm a busy AF lady and that time is already blocked off for the only thing more important to me than keeping my garden alive: exercising my beloved Husky. You know who hates heat & humidity more than me? Huskies.
So I need to dig deep for ways to deal, here's my list
1. Get a hose-end timer- Honestly, stopping the madness before it gets stupid is the key, so why not attach a timer to your hose, leave the hose on and just let the stupidity go on without you. Not only does the dirty work get done (dirt cheap), but the plants really like the consistency and you'll feel like a chump for hand-watering all these years. I like this timer more than more digital models. It's so hard to set a hose time when it's 106 out.
2. An umbrella- I have a $14 beach umbrella that I just stick in the ground wherever I need to weed. If I'm just out there watering, I bring a big golf umbrella with me to just keep the sun off of me.
3. A big-ass hat- I can't handle getting sunscreen in my eyes one more time. Give me a big ass hat with a chin strap any day.
4. An outdoor fan- You can get an outdoor, oscillating fan that spits out an extremely fine mist for less than a hundo. I think that's a huge flippin' deal.
5. Duluth Trading offers a load of clothing (and even underwear) with Breezeshooter (microscopic vents) or Armachillo (Made-In-TheJade) technology that supposedly helps keep you cool. I have a piece from the Armachillo collection and I like it, but it's impossible to tell if you're cooler than you would be without it. And yeah, I'm a plant nerd, I figured the Jade technology was of the Crassula variety, but they mean the stone.
6. Tea tree oil- When I wear something gardening and I'm pretty sure it'll never smell right again, I do a few drops of tea tree oil in with the detergent and it works like MAGIC. Sweaty grossness or moldy BS, totally back to normal. Then when I get all sweaty next time, I get subtle whiffs of tea tree.
7. Myrrh beads- The dreamiest tip I can give any gardener that SWEATS. The beads emit the best smell ever and the more you seat, the better they smell. I tuck them inside my shirt, sometimes inside my bra. I often get stopped to ask what that amazing smell is. Check these out. They aren't easy to find...
8. Wet bandana- I just run my 100% cotton bandana under the faucet and tie it around my neck. Talk about low tech... It really works.
9. When possible, install a Shade Sail. They are cheap and cool and instant. What's better than that?