No matter how long you have lived here you will find that August is the most difficult month in the garden. Depending where you live temperatures can be well over 40C with high humidity, which saps not only your energy, but that of the plants as well. No wonder everyone heads off for the coast or mountains! If you are feeling hot and jaded just think how your garden is faring! Look outside your windows and what do you see? Citrus, olives, pomegranates, palms and pines and they mostly manage to get the water they need from deep down and the pines and palms have needle-like leaves that filter the sun and hot winds, cooling the trees as they do so. The others need our help.