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Scorching summer heat creates another challenge for gardeners. It is important to keep an adequate supply of water to plants that are setting flowers and fruits. 1” of rain is needed weekly to keep plants healthy during hot, dry spells.
Your fingertip, poked into the soil to about 2“, is the most accurate moisture gauge available. If the soil feels moist, watering can wait. Watering cans and soaker hoses put water right at the root zone. Avoid overhead spraying which ends up as wasteful evaporation. Wet foliage encourages nasty fungal and bacterial diseases that are difficult to treat.