Take extra care when planting

Drought conditions means the ground's tough to crack.

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A drought is not the best time to buy and plant new stock in the ground. Container plants are always tempting, so preferably continue investing in these to brighten the garden! However, if you’re one of those people who can’t resist the temptation to keep planting (like most of us here at Garden News!), remember that it’s even more important to prepare your planting site well now.

Dig an extra large hole and incorporate some moist potting or garden compost, and sprinkle in a little Growmore to encourage root development. Mulching with a thick layer of organic material such as bark, compost or well-rotted manure will help to keep the roots cool until the heat finally subsides.

Watering is the most essential task, though. Soak the roots of your plant as soon as it’s been planted and make sure it’s topped up – every day if necessary, until it gets established. If you’re planting in a sunny site, you might need to shade your plant for a few weeks with some netting, or a net curtain.

Keep a beady eye on all your newly planted things in this weather – it’ll take a bit more care to see them through but it’ll be worth it.