Summertime Gardening: How to Balance the Heat
Summer is in full swing, and that means you’ll experience high temperatures just about anywhere you go. While summer is a great time for being active outdoors, the natural occurrence of increased heat and light have the effect of raising the Pitta quality in your life. There are many benefits to this (drive, activity, spontaneity), but for those who are sensitive to increases in Pitta, summer can be problematic.
If you have a need for balancing this season’s fiery qualities, try some simple and easy gardening to cool yourself down. By cultivating your own “cool” through gardening, you will not only add healthy organic food to your dinner table, but also provide a means for beating the heat this summer.
Contrary to what you might think, it’s not too late to plant a garden (depending on your climate), so plan accordingly and implement some self-care between now and the end of summer. Here are some common plants to bring into your home and garden this year.
For many, consuming watermelon is a summer staple. Eating a nice cool watermelon on a hot summer day doesn’t need any Ayurvedic understanding; it’s simply enjoyable and a part of summer tradition. There are a variety of melons that can be good for balancing Pitta, most of which are fairly easy to manage. However, few people are adventurous enough to plant and cultivate their own. Melons can be hard to grow in some U.S. zones, but there are a few tricks of the trade:
- If planting from seed, do so in late spring, early summer. Some melons will fruit late in the season, so don’t be discouraged if you haven’t planted them yet. Do some research and find out how different plants perform in your growing zone. For ease and convenience, you can also cultivate a plant that has already sprouted. “Baby” melon plants are usually available and easy to transplant later in the season.
- Make use of growing hills and proper rowing. This will give your growing melon plant the space and opportunity it needs. Many melons will “run” and take over any available space if they are not properly trained. A healthy cantaloupe plant, for example, can take control of entire sections of your garden. If space is limited, be alert. Trellises can …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra