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Maintenance of the vegetable garden

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Gardening tools for the maintenance of the vegetable garden
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Michel Tremblay)
Gardening tools

Here are a few tips to help you with the care and maintenance of your vegetable garden:

  • Pull weeds out as soon as they appear. Hoe and clean regularly to enable water infiltration.
  • Sprinkle abundantly, preferably in the morning, and in depth during heatwaves and droughts.
  • Use mulch (plastic, straw, woodchips, garden fabrics, etc.) between rows and around plants reduce weeding time and help to keep the soil moist.
  • Practice crop rotation. This technique consists of not growing the same vegetables in the same place for more than two consecutive years. It will ensure a better yield, avoid deficiencies and prevent pests and diseases.
  • Some plants grow better in the company of certain others. This kind of companionship or plant association is an increasingly popular practice in developing vegetable gardens.
  • Grow vegetables that have the same needs together. To attract pollinators, consider incorporating nectar-producing plants in your vegetable garden or along the edges.

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