Keep your garden well watered!

The most common reason vegetable gardens in a sunny location under perform is lack of water. Make sure to water deeply – at least 20 minutes for a 10’ x 3’ vegetable garden. Stick a finger in the soil for an easy way to check if you have watered enough. The soil should be moist below the surface. And if you have planted small seeds like radish, lettuce or carrot seeds, keep the surface of the soil moist to ensure germination. If regular watering is difficult, you can set up a simple irrigation system with a weeping hose or a sprinkler on a timer. Set the timer for an hour of watering, from 4:00-5:00. This way you will not lose water to evaporation in the hot sun and the topsoil has a chance to dry out before the slugs come out.