Plastic in the garden may sound like something that you want to shy away from, but using black plastic in the garden (aka plasticulture) is an amazing way to keep pests off of plants, grow more vegetables and keep the garden soil moist. A plastic mulch layer is the perfect way to grow your best vegetable garden. It's also a great way to keep pests off of strawberries!
Lots of flowers on your squash plants but no fruit? If the weather is slowing down natural pollinators, hand pollinating squash blossoms will work. Artificial pollinating not only results in an earlier harvest, but also more squash can develop on each plant giving you a larger harvest. Visit to see how to pollinate squash by hand.