- Don’t plant too deep into the soil. If you plant a plant too deep, you’re likely to end up rotting out the stem and killing the plant.
- Keep your plants well watered, especially when they are young. Young plants usually have not developed extensive root systems yet, so they will need to be monitored closely to ensure that they are able to take up enough water. Dig down in the soil surrounding your plants to ensure the soil is cool and moist to the touch. Don’t worry about over-watering them, especially trees or shrubs. Regardless of how much rain they are exposed to, they are most likely still not getting enough water.
- Plants appreciate a good feeding now and then, so be sure to fertilize your plants on a regular basis. (Every 5-6 weeks or whatever the instructions say on your favorite fertilizer.) New plants will be especially thankful for the fertilizer as it will help them to get established more quickly.
- Compost is great for your garden for a variety of reasons. In addition to feeding your plants over time, compost also helps your soil hold moisture. It is also useful for breaking up clay and hardpan soils. Compost even makes for a great mulch, helping to deter weeds! Compost will make a huge difference in how quickly your plants will grow.
- Tomatoes are usually more successful in a container than they are in the ground, at least here in the Puget Sound region. Plants in containers tend to absorb more heat than ones in the ground, allowing for a longer growing season. (Thus more ripe tomatoes!) Be sure to stay on top of your watering though, because the extra heat means your tomato plants will be using more water! Keep the soil evenly moist!