1. If you still have tomatoes ripening on the vine and the weather is getting much cooler, make sure to save the tomatoes. Pull them up and take them inside somewhere warm and dry. Try to hang them up. Don’t worry, the tomatoes will still ripen on the vine.
2. Often times, plants replenish the nutrients that have been lost by another. This can be great for your garden as some combinations keep away pests.
3. Have you ever lost tools in the garden? If you have, you know how much of a pain it is to try and find them. A great way to help you find your tools among the plants is by painting the handles bright colours.
4. Compost needs time to integrate and stabilize in the soil. Apply two to three weeks prior to planting.
5. There is an easy way to mix compost into your soil without a lot of back breaking work: Spread the compost over your garden in the late fall, after all the harvesting is done. Cover with a winter mulch such as hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the melting snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.
6. Like vining vegetables, but don’t have the room? Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence. Saves space and looks pretty too.
7. Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection.