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COOL IT!

The peak of a hot, sticky summer can be a stressful time for greenhouse andpolytunnel crops. Maintaining a healthy growing environment is essential to keep undercover fruits and vegetables in prime condition, says Benedict Vanheems. Good ventilation, shading and ample moisture means happy, healthy plants
Throw open the door/s on hot days

When I was a youngster I spent most of my summer holidays toiling in a plant nursery. It was a great place to hone my plant identification skills and indulge my passion for anything with leaves. On a hot day, however, working inside the polythene tunnels where many of the plants were grown on was akin to exercising… in a sauna! Soaring temperatures conspired with high humidity to turn up the sweat. By break time I’d be more than ready to down a pint of water or two and relish the cool of the break room!

FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT!

The same is true of the fruits and vegetables we grow under cover in our gardens or on our allotments. If temperatures are left to soar beyond their level of comfort they’ll suffer, initially wilting and potentially suffering irreparable damage. Your job as horticultural home-maker is to draw the blinds, open the windows and cool your crops down so they’re happy and healthy.

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Kitchen Garden is Britain's best guide to growing your own. It offers advice from the finest minds in gardening to make sure you get the tastiest produce from your plot.