15.Always snip your herbs with clean, sharp garden shears — never just pluck off their leaves.
16.If you want to eat your herbs, don't let them flower — it can change their flavor, and might prevent your plant from growing more tasty leaves.
17.Always water a vegetable garden in the morning before the hottest part of the day, so the water doesn't evaporate before it soaks into the soil.
18.Morning's also the best time to water gardens in general, and it's ideal to water both deeply (about 2 inches) and less frequently (like, once a week or so) so the plant roots can grow nice and deep.
19.Trim or pinch off the dead blooms from certain flowering plants to help encourage even more blooms.
20.You can also cut flowers while they're fresh to display in vases, of course; here's everything you need to know.
21.Help attract gentle mason bees to pollinate all of your fruit and vegetable plants (so they actually produce a crop) with a bee house.
22.And you can take care of any slug problems by putting out a dish of beer.
23.Mulching your garden can keep the weeds at bay and water in the soil.
24.Although you'll still probably have to do some weeding; to make it easier on your back, you can always try a stand-up weeder.
25.You can make a homemade ~fertilizer tea~ out of weeds and grass clippings to help return some of the nutrients they absorbed to your soil (and the plants you *want* to grow).
26.But do your research before you decide to apply any other chemical fertilizers — you want to make sure you use the right ones at the right times for your particular plants.
Enjoy your new garden, and good luck!
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