I am impressed with how many new gardeners we have out there. I think we are getting the message. I hope the plants are all thriving and getting ready to spill with ripe fruit. Just a few more tips on how to get the most from your garden this year:
Remove weeds as they pop up. You don't want to waste the water and nutrients in your soil on the weeds.
Pinch off leaves on the plants like tomato, pepper, chili, etc. that are on the ground. Always remove parts of the plant that do not support the food. You don't need to have a huge bushy tomato plant. Prune it for better fruit yield.
It is getting warm. Make sure to increase your water. I water every other day. The new gardening method I learned was to water 1 inch deep every day. My garden isn't set up this way yet so I am watering deeper every other day. Listen to the plants. They will let you know. Don't let the soil get dried out. This will stress the plants.
If you fertilize your soil weekly, Stop about 3 weeks before the food is getting ready to harvest. If you started in February, you are probably about there.
If you still need more reasons to start a garden, here is an article to get you going. Thanks to Brittany for forwarding this to me.
Good luck to you all! If you have any great garden fresh recipes, kick them my way!