Best-Loved Garden Supplies?
Once again, I planted an enormous garden only to have the tiniest of harvests. I know exactly what the problem is--it's too darn hot here to stand outside watering and weeding for an hour a day. Yes, I know gardens need lots of love and lots of labor, but with a back injury and 90-degree temperatures, I'm just not up to it. So I'm thinking that for next year (I'm not ready to give up!), I will try to find some ways to make the whole process easier and to make my plants happier. I'm primarily interested in growing tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. I'm thinking of investing in some soaker/drip hoses, black plastic for weed control, and (yes, I realize I should have done this to begin with) some metal id stakes so that I know what the heck I've planted (a real problem when you're not sure what color a pepper is *supposed* to be!). Here's my question: what gardening supplies have you found to be helpful? What can you not live without? I know many of you may embrace the less-is-better philosophy of gardening, but unless you're willing to come weed my garden, go along with me just this once...! p.s. Some things I *did* do right this year (at least, I hope so): partially raised beds filled with with compost, topsoil, and manure; tomato cages for all the tomatoes; regular fertilizing (would you believe that I didn't use to fertilize at all?). I'm also planning to rotate the crops, so as to speak, for next year, so that some of the problems I saw this year (fusarium wilt? tobacco mosaic virus?) won't reappear.