For the beginner gardeners out there, here are a few tips to get the most out of your garden this season:
1) Take time to dig out as many roots and other weeds BEFORE you begin planting. You will save yourself so much weeding in the future.
2) When transplanting, make sure to soak your seedlings well BEFORE planting them into the ground. Place seedlings on a plate, or other surface with sides, such as a bucket or lid and fill plate with water. Let seedlings soak in the water for at least 30 minutes.
3) Plant your seeds or seedlings far enough apart so that you have room to harvest your vegetables when the plants are fully grown. OR make yourself a path so you can get hard to reach plants in the back of your plot. (Note: this is especially important for zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes.)
4) To promote healthy root growth, poke holes in the sides of 1 liter jugs and place them in the ground, between plants. Fill jugs with water once per week.
5) Plant invasive vegetables and herbs, such as mint, in a plastic pot instead of directly in the ground.
6) Water plants in the morning, instead of evening, to prevent fungal growth during the night.
7) When watering tomatoes, avoid getting the leaves wet.
8) To help keep your garden moist in the dry summer, place mulch around plants.