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6 Gardening Tips for Summer (Slideshow)

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3. Create a moat.

When planting from starts: Create a small dirt moat around each plant (slightly larger than the drip line, where the leaves reach out to). This channels water towards the roots when the plant is watered or when it rains. This is a particularly good idea if you are working with compacted or sunbaked soil.

When direct planting from seeds: Dig a small channel 1-2 inches deeper than the recommended depth for the type of seeds you are planting. Sprinkle the seeds in the channel and cover with the appropriate amount of soil making sure there are still ridges (of soil) on either side of the seeds, to channel water downwards.

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3:33AM PDT on May 20, 2014

Very interesting. Thanks

8:55PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks, I especially liked the seed planting tip.

7:34AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks! Appears I am doing
all but the last one. Summer
is also our rainy season here.

11:52AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Very Interesting Thank's for the article. Theresa Robinson.

12:16PM PDT on May 16, 2014

Moats don't work for all plants. Plus no mention of native planting that is pretty, drought and fire resistant. PLEASE GET RID OF THE LAWNS AND ALL THEIR CHEMICALS.

12:48PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Like the idea of 'moats' around plants

9:44PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thanks

11:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Good tips, but does anyone know how to get rid of Japanese beetles?

5:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

3:30PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

thanx

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