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May 17, 2020 8:24 AM CST
Massachusetts
Hello!
I direct-sowed the seeds for my first vegetable garden on Friday, but I'm worried about the soil drying out in the sun before the veggies grow and shade it. I've been watering the beds in the morning to try to keep the soil moist, but I also don't want to over water my garden. I considered covering the soil with a tarp or something, but didn't know if blocking out the light would stop germination!

Basically: is there anything I can do to stop my soil from drying out in the sun while I wait for my veggies to grow? I'm in zone 5b, pretty sure.
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May 17, 2020 10:37 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Its ok if the soil dries a bit between watering, just not too dry - watering daily should be fine. You can cover the seeds with homemade cloches like half water or soda bottles but don't use a tarp.
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May 17, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Massachusetts
Would it be too early to mulch? something like grass clippings maybe?
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May 17, 2020 11:17 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Don't cover the seeds with anything (except whatever soil is already covering them). Seeds buried too deep won't germinate.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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May 17, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Massachusetts
Thank you both! The sun was unusually hot the last two days so I was a but worried because the soil was genuinely drying, but it seems to have calmed down. I'll keep it all in mind for future reference though!
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May 17, 2020 5:21 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Weather looks better now, those were a couple very dry days and strong sun. Crossing Fingers! Thumbs up
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