Answer: You didn't say why you think you are overwatering. Were there symptoms, such as yellowing leaves? Vegetables require consistent soil moisture. As long as the soil is moist, not saturated, and the plants don't look like they are suffering (such as yellowing leaves), your watering schedule may be fine, especially during this hot spell. Put a generous layer of mulch (4 or 5 inches) on top of the soil to help maintain moisture and reduce evaporation. Apply water when the top inch or two of soil dries out. Be careful not to apply more water if the leaves look wilted. Big leaves, such as melons, may wilt because the roots can't uptake water fast enough to compensate for evapotranspiration, so gardeners automatically apply more water thinking that will cure it, but the saturated soil causes root rot. Wait until the following morning. Often, during the cool night, the plant recovers and the foliage perks up. Good luck with your vegetable garden!
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