Keeping Crops Cool During Hot Weather: 13 Ways to Beat the Heat

Tips on keeping crops cool during hot weather. Hot summer sun can be hard on garden plants and their roots. If watering and mulching are not doing enough to keep your plants cool enough to continue producing, consider shading the plants or at least their roots. Late summer also is the time to plant your fall-producing crops, such as spinach, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, beets and radishes.

Keep yourself cool when working outdoors by wearing a wet bandana around your neck and a water soaked hat.
Keep yourself cool when working outdoors by wearing a wet bandana around your neck and a water soaked hat.
Illustration by Elayne Sears