Answer: Probably the most important things you can do are run some basic soil tests, water as needed and use an organic mulch. The mulch will help keep down weeds and help keep the soil moist. It will also help feed the soil when it rots down. Watering deeply as needed to keep the soil evenly moist will keep the plants in steady growth. It is better to water less often but deeply to encourage deep roots, than it is to sprinkly lightly daily. Next, the soil tests will tell you if you need to fertilize and with what and how much, as well as a basic check on pH. Your county extension can help you with the tests and interpreting the results with an eye on those crops. Good luck and have fun!
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