Top Gardening Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Get solutions for common organic vegetable gardening challenges, including pest control, soil fertility issues, weed control and summer drought.

Address gardening challenges as they come, such as putting down weed cloth barrier to combat severe weed problems.
Photo by Terry Wild
Lubber grasshoppers are often a food-grower’s foe. For control, gather and drown the hoppers in a pail of soapy water when they’re still showing the black-and-yellow coloring of youth.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Critters covet your fresh veggies. Keep out raccoons and other wildlife with secure wire fencing.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Fencing excludes small animals, including pets, and can pull double duty as support for climbing plants.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Where springs are short, grow greens in a “salad table” that you can move to a shady spot when hot weather arrives.
Photo courtesy University of Maryland Extension
Drip irrigation is especially apt for drought-prone regions.
Photo by Janet Horton
Give a boost to soil health by growing a cover crop such as buckwheat.
Photo by Saxon Holt
Garden netting held aloft with simple hoops is an effective way to protect crops from birds.
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Use a broadfork to loosen compacted soil and, in rainy areas, to aerate soil so it dries out quicker for planting.
Photo by Harvey Ussery

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