6. Most plants need about 1-2 inches of water every week. When watering, try to avoid getting water on foliage, as this is one way disease may spread between plants.
7. Know Your Dirt! Most garden plants require a rich soil that is high in organic matter (like compost) to grow, that drains well, yet retains moisture. Plants may also prefer particular types of soils, or specific pH levels. To learn more about soil basics, click here!
8. Removing dead or faded flowers keeps the plant blooming longer – this is called deadheading. It also keeps your garden looking tidy!
9. Support your plants! Many larger or vining flowers and vegetables do better with cages or supports to keep them upright and increase yields.
10. Take advantage of cover crops, or “green manure”. Cover crops are planted in the months when your garden is not in use, and have many benefits, including: increased organic matter (better quality soil), weed suppression, soil aeration, and organic nitrogen production. Cover Crops also add color and beauty to your garden in its off-season!