We regularly get back-to-back 40C days in summer and the extreme heat is really hard on our plants/crops/yield.
We need to water at least twice a day but thankfully we have a water tank. When we started using Charles’ no dig method though and followed his advice to have coarse/large woodchips in the compost to begin with our beds now retain a huge amount of moisture even on extreme-heat days.
The good side is that we don’t get many snails, slugs, mould, mildew, as moisture/dankness isn’t a real issue.
Home grown compost: This has been THE game changer and one of the biggest takeaways from Charles’ approach. I have two compost bays setup – although mine are not half as good looking as Charles’ set up though! I’ve put my bays together out of old shipping pallets (heat treated (HT) ones – another GREAT tip from Charles – thank you!). I have one bay for resting compost and one for active compost. I put EVERYTHING into the active bay from our garden AND from our neighbours’ green waste bins.