When Summer began, I adapted to the hotter weather by watering the younger plants in our food forest twice a day - once in the morning usually before it got hot and again when it cooled off in the evening. On days when they were irrigated with greywater from our washing machine, I still moistened the mulch around my heritage fig trees, curry plants and my not-so-drought tolerant loquat tree.
Note: This is a learning experience for me. I've been told that deep watering once or twice a week is the ticket with loquats. (See comment below.) Dan has some five gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom that we can use.
Sometimes I would get so caught up posting in Desktop Activist Tucson that I wouldn't get to it until 9 a.m. or even 10. My bad... But the monsoon rains would save the day!
But then the monsoon rains went away and it reached 109 degrees yesterday! This morning I read in ARIZONA DAILY STAR, "Be prepared: 3-day excessive heat warning for Tucson area."
YIKES! No more dilly-dallying for me! This morning I got outside by 6:30 a.m. and gave my plants two cans of water instead of one.
I remembered how my baby moringas made it through the hot summer with the help of a little shade.
I have been pulling the shade cloth off so the loquat gets some morning sun. I cover it up again when the ground is so hot it burns my bare feet.
The heritage fig trees by the greywater basin were looking good, so I decided to see how they would fare with intermittent shade from our eucalyptus and palm trees.
I'll put in another load of laundry...
Jake said, "Loquat need shade from about 12 on all the thriving ones I see are in a situations like that . Ours has 70 percent shade while its young . Also deep water once or twice a week for 2 hours, slow drip to promote root growth downward, the water will reach about 2-3 feet doing that and last much longer once tree is established . Watering daily causes the roots to never go deep and they will expire if you forget a day of watering.ReplyDelete