Hot summer sun is causing lots of backyard gardens to struggle, as fruit and vegetables become damaged by sunburn and sometimes inedible.
Susceptible plants include tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, pumpkins, apples and pineapples.
Provided they are well-watered, sweet corn, silver beet, green beans, zucchini and root vegetables like radish and beetroot are more hardy in the hot summer months.
According to Angie Thomas* Horticulture Consultant to Yates, you can use ‘slip, slop, slap’ to help protect your plants.
Here are some tips to help you protect your vegetable garden:
If you’re concerned about heat stress look for:
Prevent sunburn by taking these steps:
Treatment and prevention:
The key to protection is to check your garden regularly. If the plants are showing signs of wilting and heat stress, then sunburn may not be far away. That’s the time to act.
Sun burnt fruit and vegetables can be eaten, as long as you get them before they are too damaged. Just cut off the burnt area and the fruit or vegetable should be useable. You can get more detailed product information and view videos on the Yates website.
*Angie Thomas is Horticulture Consultant to Yates, as well as a member of the Horticultural Media Association and sits on the expert technical panel of the Smart Approved Water Mark.