Adequate mulch in your garden does a lot to cut down on water use. A thick layer of mulch helps prevent evaporation so you will not have to water as often. Mulch can be purchased locally from a garden center, created from compost or gathered from wood chippers. The important factor is that you use plenty of it. Companion plants will help reduce your gardening chores. A lot of plants will help their neighboring plants when they are paired together. For example, a companion plant may serve to repel insects and other pests, or it might enrich the soil. Either way, the plant makes using chemical fertilizers and pesticides a moot point. Plant herbs near vegetables, and the strong odor of the herbs will keep pests from the vegetable plants.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. Be sure that any wood you use isn’t chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.
Get to the root of the matter! Even if the plant looks lush on the upper leaves, the root system can have problems. As time goes by, the starts will begin to fall off, but you shouldn’t transplant your seedlings until this happens.
If aphids cause you problems in your garden, you could try to use soapy water to solve it. Spray the leaves, buds and stems with the soapy solution then rinse with clear water.