You're not finished yet!
Use a trellis to keep plants from tipping over.Once you've done all this, you still have to care for your plants every day:
- Water the plants every day, except if rain is in the forecast. The best time to water is in the morning, before the heat of the afternoon sun.
- Check on your plants every day, to make sure they are getting enough water and aren't tipping over.
- One problem that you might encounter is pests. Deer, rabbits, and birds can be nice in nature, but they are not very nice when it comes to free food—in your garden.
Divide and conquer
Recycle: use home-made compost.
Two years ago, I wasn't much of an experienced gardener. My family and I decided to plant pumpkins next to the squash in the spring.About two weeks later, we were delighted to see that our pumpkins were growing fast.
Two weeks later, they were still growing.
In August, they were still growing. Our pumpkins had gone "divide and conquer," spreading their vines all across the garden, across the paths, and up the sides of the fence. They were taking over the entire garden!
My mother tried to "turn the plants around" by switching the way the vines were facing. This didn't prove very useful, and our pumpkins continued to grow.
The plus side, however, was that we had a bumper crop (lots!) of pumpkins that year! And we learned a valuable lesson: "Give the pumpkins their space."Coltrane says you can save money on the stuff you get at the grocery store.
When you plant your own garden, when summer comes, guess what you can do?
Here's a garden fresh recipe to get you started, one of my favorites:
Salsa à la Maddy!
Yield: About 1 Cup
If you grow cucumbers instead of buying them at the store, about how much can you save in a season?
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 onion, finely diced
- ½ green bell pepper, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
- Black pepper to taste
- A couple dashes of hot sauce (optional)
Chop the tomatoes, pepper, and onion on a cutting board and place in a mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve with chips.