Water wisely. If you have an automated drip irrigation system, make sure coverage is adequate throughout the garden.
Control pests. Some can be deterred with a strong spray from the garden hose every few days. In some cases, the application of insecticidal soap or diatomaceous earth is necessary. Remove squashed bugs immediately.
Keep up with your plants as they grow by gently tying them to their supports or encouraging them to twine up trellises.
Mary Ann Newcomer is the author of two books: Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook and Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States.
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