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If you love growing vegetables but you are experiencing watering restrictions and hot conditions, having a thriving vegetable garden can be a hard-won achievement. To avoid sacrificing home-grown vegetables, here are some ideas to help you keep growing a vegetable patch under less-than-ideal conditions.
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         Grow Hardy Vegetables.
From the outset select vegetables that can tolerate less water and more heat. Examples include potatoes, sweetcorn and New Zealand spinach
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         Use Compost As A Moisture-retaining Layer.
Add a lot of compost from the start and keep the compost layer well maintained throughout the growing season. This will help retain the moisture in the soil and also acts as a barrier against too much heat affecting the vegetables.
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         Add Mulch.
As well as compost, a layer of mulch will help improve moisture retention abilities of the soil. Make sure to choose organic mulch; use your own if possible.
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         Water the Vegetables using minimal water-loss systems.
For example, a drip watering system (tape or pipe) provides a regular, steady feed of water without using a lot of water. It is more directed and concentrated, going to where the plant is rather than spraying all over the garden
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         Water at the right time of day.
The benefits of watering are best when done early in the morning. Deep watering is more effective than surface spraying
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         Plant Vegetables So that they won't....
be sitting in the hottest sun of the middle of the day. Sunshine from mornings and late afternoons is much kinder to the plants and during summer they will still get plenty of light.
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