A few months ago I wrote about building a raised bed garden in my side yard. I planted zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkins, watermelon, beans, and winter squash. Unfortunately, some of the plants didn’t make it very far. The beans died early on. The watermelon plants never got higher than a few inches.

For a while, the zucchini wasn’t doing very well either. I don’t think I was consistent enough with my watering schedule. Then about a week ago I had to go out of town. So I extended my drip system over to the raised bed and put emitters next to each plant.

I didn’t know what to expect when I came home from my trip. I was shocked to come around the corner and see the zucchini plants pouring over the sides of the bed. I was even more shocked to see the giant zucchini fruits.

I guess 100-degree weather and a regular watering schedule really does wonders for these guys. It just goes to show that automating and ignoring can be a very good strategy for growth. Micromanaging (or in this case micro gardening) is unnecessary.

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