Well it's been a beat since I put in my new raised bed veggie garden and I wanted to give you an update. After buying great top quality soil, well tended plants and supplies I felt like it would be a clear road to ample crops. I wasn't exactly wrong, but even though I did my research and planned everything out to a "t" it was still my first veg. garden and I was new to tending fruiting plants.
Right off the bat the plants looked really good. The seeds sprouted and the plants grew, but not long after I noticed withering yellowed leaves. I immediately felt that they must be underwatered so I watered them some more. Little did I know at the time that I was actually overwatering them. I know I have a tendancy to overwater (overloving, I call it) but it was hot out and my perennials were loving the extra drink. What I found was that my plants were getting plenty of water, and unlike my shallow rooted perennials, these veggies took hold deep and were pulling in water from inches below the surface.
I know well to stick my finder in the soil to test for moisture, but with this particular garden I need to go a bit deeper to get a true sense if the plants need a drink. I guess when it all comes down to it, it's getting to know your garden and understanding what it needs (more of a gut check). Now that I understand my garden better my leaves have perked up and greened up as well.
I found this article on the Old Farmer's Almanac this week and I thought it was super helpful. Check it out! It offers suggestions for a ton of different situations. I've read a lot of similar articles but I felt this was written in a very clear and understandable way.
Keep at it fellow gardeners! I just know all our efforts will pay off!