The scorching heat and humidity of the summers has paved way for monsoon. While we enjoy the cool breeze, and a dip in temperature, the moist air predominates the scene. This is also the time when plants get natural sustenance in the form of rainwater and thus nurture and bloom quicker than usual. However, when rain is heavy and accompanied by winds, it can actually be damaging, it is also the time when your garden needs protection from unwanted weeds, pests and algae.These simple tips can ensure your plants stay healthy before, during and after a downpour.Preparing For The Season1. Get rid of damaged shoots and limbs. Clip out any dying branches or leaves.2. Secure your plants, especially the tall ones. Insert a wooden or metal support into the ground and gently tie the plant to it to prevent it from snapping.3. Make sure there is enough drainage to avoid water collecting and drowning the plants.During Heavy Rains1. Cover the young, fragile ones. Especially herbs and vegetables. Make sure the covering is one-sided and is in the correct direction to ensure adequate drainage.2. Ensure you add enough layers of nutrition and compost to the soilAfter Heavy Rains1. Make sure there are no unprotected roots following soil erosion. Cover them with soil or compost before they dry out.2. Check for any damage done to the pots or planters.3. Moisture and humidity attract slugs and snails. Use these tips to get rid of them create a rough area around your plants with sand or gravel to make it harder for pests to reach plants. Slugs dislike certain smells including, mint, chives, garlic and fennel.