Mid-summer my garden still thriving in spite of the heat. Usually in the month of August here in the McKenzie valley, Oregon warm not overly hot without humidity. Since late spring when all seedlings are in the ground, I have been faithfully weeding, watering, and fertilizing to keep them healthy until harvest day.
Next summer, if you want to keep your garden growing and being able to harvest a bountiful vegetables from your garden, you might want to consider this.
In addition using well-known water wise techniques such as drip irrigation and mulching, try grouping your vegetables according to their water needs when you plant them. That way you can vary their amount of water you give different plants of your garden. In general try giving your crops no more water than they need, rather than as much as they can withstand.
Mulching the plants is also beneficial suppressing the weeds and keep the moisture in. Use chemical free grass clippings this is important because you do not want toxic substance in your vegetables. They also can kill your plants. Compost as well as shredded leaves are good for mulching and an added benefit for the vegetables.
To fertilize I use a combination or compost tea and 2 tablespoons of fish powder per gallon diluted with water. I make my own compost tea, you can get them in the nursery, but, do ask how they make their compost. You do not want to feed your plants with unknown ingredients.
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