Now that you know how to start your garden and how to transplant your vegetables, I think it is time to give you tips on how to maintain your garden.
1) Watering is very important. You do not want to over water or under water your plants. It is always best to water in the early morning or late evening when the sun is not so hot. Use a nozzle that has big droplets rather than a mist or spray. As your plants get bigger, give them more water. The soil around the roots is all that needs to be moist, so the larger the plant gets, the deeper the roots go, the more water they need.
Tip: If you are unsure about whether your plants need water or not, a good way to tell is to sample the soil. Dig a narrow hole about a foot away from the plant and about a foot down (or as deep as the roots go). Take the soil you dig out and squeeze it in your hand. If it clumps together then you do not need to water. If it crumbles or is dry, give your plant some water.
2) Use mulch to help hold in the moisture. Landscape fabric covered with wood chips works the best. For a less expensive mulch use newspaper, grass clipings or compost leaves. The mulch will also help keep the weeds from taking over.
3) Staying on top of weeds is an important part of gardening. Mulch will help as I said before, but you will still need to keep an eye out for those persistent weeds that grow. Every time you water you should inspect you plants to make sure no pests are invading, weeds are pulled, and that everything is growing properly and upward.
Tip: Read the packages for all your different plants and try to follow directions carefully.
Tip: Do not use pesticides when the vegetables are about ready to be picked unless it is absolutely necessary.
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For further descriptions on maintaining a vegetable garden, visit: http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/VegFruit/maintain.htm