In the dog days of summer, when the heat's up and the water's low, a bit of common sense can make you a better gardener:
*Water when the day is coolest.
*Loosen hard-packed clay soil so water can penetrate.
*se mulch to moderate soil temperature and control weeds.
*Pull weeds, lest they rob soil nutrients from other plants.
*Space plants close together so their leaves will shade the soil.
*When the majority of the tomato fruit reach full size, strip off most of the mature leaves to reduce evaporation.
Source: The Old Farmer's
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