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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Putting a soak hose in your garden can help save water and make it easier watering the roots of your plants

Keeping it simple in the garden

Every year I vow to keep it simple in the vegetable garden. My idea of gardening is to check out how it is doing in the morning while drinking my cup tea and that's it.

I look to make sure pests aren't taking over, water when needed and pick something to eat later in the day.

This year I really am going to make my vegetable garden as easy as possible. I am putting a soak hose just below the surface and will plant my vegetables right next to it. All I will have to do when the plants need watering is hook up a hose and the roots of the plant will be watered.

I will also put down a mulch to help hold in the moisture and keep the weeds from growing. Last year I used alfalfa hay which worked well. This year I might just use some straw instead.

I am going to keep the garden area small but plant as many plants in this space that I can get away with.

Last year I got carried away with a lot of extra pots that required daily watering. I am going to limit the number of pots. Although we shall see how this ends up.

The vegetable plants I am growing are doing well. If I end up with too many, I will feel obligated to plant them all somehow.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)