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ABCs of Summer Vegetable Garden Care

Anyone can plant a vegetable garden, but what about caring for it as it grows? A healthy, productive vegetable garden needs three things Ė water, fertilizer and pollination.

Watering your Vegetable Garden

Like the story of the tortoise and the hare, successful watering is about being slow and steady, keeping the soil consistently moist.

soaker hose irrigation

Fertilizing your Vegetable Garden

When we talk about fertilizer, weíre basically talking about plant food. Itís any substance that is added to the soil to supply one or more nutrients essential to the growth of plants.

fertilizing vegetables

Pollination

So, you prepped your soil, and you planted your garden, and youíre watering it consistently. But how do you make sure your plants will produce all those delicious veggies you want? Well, thatís where bees and other pollinators come in. Pollinating insects travel from bloom to bloom collecting nectar, and in the process move pollen from the anther to the stigma of flowers. This is essential for plants like tomatoes, melons, strawberries and squash that produce their fruit from a flower.

Cucumber Blooms