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Maintaining the Vegetable Garden

Once you've planned and set up your vegetable gardening it's time to start a regular schedule of maintenance.

Even if your garden is mulched, some weeds will always grow. Check often and pull them as you see them. Inspect your garden every day or two for pests, including the undersides of the leaves and on the stems. Hand-pull and crush any you find, or use a gentle horticultural soap.

Stake tall or vining plants to provide support and conserve space.
Groom the garden by removing unhealthy leaves, or if needed, entire plants. You can fill in the empty spaces throughout the season with fresh seeds and transplants.

And of course, don't forget to water and fertilize so that your garden will continue to provide a bountiful harvest.


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