Feelin’ Hot, Hot, HOT

By Ellen Azotea

It’s a gorgeous summer day, and the garden is calling. Perhaps the lawn mower and hedge trimmers are chiming in too. In my garden, I tend to jump right in without planning for what my body might need—my plants take top priority after all! But as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so let’s review some warm-weather gardening safety: 

  1. Respect the Sun. Even if you only plan to do “just a little” it can often lead to an hour as you make your way through the flowers and vegetables, so wear a hat and slap on some sunblock. Your skin will thank you! 
  2. Water, Water Everywhere. If your plants need a drink in hot weather, it’s likely you do too! Don’t wait until your throat is dry and you feel faint—grab a bottle of water as you’re heading out the door. We lose a lot of our body moisture from perspiring and breathing hard. Refill as needed! (Drinking from the garden hose or birdbath not recommended). 
  3. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion! I’ve experienced this while pushing my mower, and it feels awful (and rather scary). If you experience even one of these symptoms, get yourself into the shade or air conditioning immediately, as in RIGHT NOW! 

Heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include: 

-Faintness or dizziness. 

-Nausea or vomiting. 

-Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin. 

-Weak, rapid pulse. 

-Pale or flushed face. 

-Muscle cramps. 

-Headache.  

-Weakness or fatigue. 

Seek medical help if symptoms persist or worsen. 

 Have a safe and productive summer, gardeners!

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