For years I would rototill our little garden and have the soil tested and use whatever was recommended by the "experts" as far as fertilizer and additives to the soil and it really just seemed like Mother Nature was going to dictate how it was going to be anyway. So this year, I didn't rototill, just dug the hole where the plant was going and added dehydrated cow manure-so far the results have been very good! The person at the local garden shop said "that's as good as anything" and so far it seems to be working just fine; I also am putting some on the top of the soil by the base of each plant so it soaks in slowly. Anyone else use it?
I also just covered the lettuce with some boards and other stuff to keep the pounding sun that we are supposed to get the next 2 days off of it in hopes to extend its growing period.
I'm also in a war with a red-tailed squirrel who for some reason other than to be a nuisance is chewing some of my cornstalks-I sprinkled some deterrent (pepper and other things) around the corn and so far it seems to dislike it. Let's see who wins this battle!