Get Your Garden in Tip Top Shape!
Step One: Mulch
Mulch keeps in moisture and prevents weeds. Types of mulch for vegetable gardens include compost, leaves, hay/straw, pine needles, black plastic, newspaper, and grass clippings (use dry grass and layer to a few inches thick).
Step Two: Hydrate
Check plants daily and water them if the soil is dry, especially newly-planted vegetables, fruit trees and shrubs that are still getting established. Make sure you fulfil their requirement -- some need more or less than others.
Step Three: Prep plants
Harden off any remaining half-hardy vegetable and bedding plants.
Step Four: Check weeds
Keep on top of weeding. Your plants shouldn’t have to compete for precious water, light and nutrients.
Step Five: Don't rush
Don't plant some veggies too soon. Most tomatoes, peppers and eggplants require about 100 days to harvest. Therefore, you want to transplant those into the ground around mid to end of June.
Step Six: Let it grow
Prepare for staking your tall vegetables and flowers.
Contributed by Carole Spraggett, Brampton Horticultural Society