Garden Essentials: Access to Water

This week's topic is a little more applicable to gardens that are not close to your house or building. Your garden is located somewhere else: you rent a plot at a community garden or your plot is located far from the house. 

All gardens are going to need to water during the growing season. Rainwater is best, but it is not delivered reliably. You can have periods of drought and it can wipe out your vegetable garden. Your...

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Rainwater is Better for Your Garden

Have you ever noticed that after a rain, your garden seems to look especially lush, green and healthy?

No, you're not imagining things. Rainwater actually is better for plants.

It comes down to the chemistry of rain water when compared to tap water. The water that comes from a hose is tap water, too. 

Benefits of Rainwater

Rainwater absorbs a small amount of nitrogen (in the forms of nitrates and ammonium) from the air as it...

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Mulching Your Garden

It's a good practice to mulch your vegetable garden. The benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks of extra work and extra expense. 

Mulch is a layer put on top of the soil and its purpose is to block weeds and keep the soil moist. People sometimes think of mulch as an organic substance, like compost, wood chips, or straw. It can also be a layer of plastic sheeting, cardboard, or newspaper. Personally, I prefer to use an organic...

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Reservoirs for Better Tomatoes

 

Tomatoes can be a bit tricky to grow. They require lots of nutrients (i.e. fertilizer) and lots of water, but not too much, and not all at once. The temperature at night has to be "just so" or they'll drop their flowers. They need lots of sun, except when it's too much sun and your tomatoes gets scalded! 

Rather particular, aren't they?

I love tomatoes so much that I'll deal with their quirks. 

While we can't...

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