*When planting vegetables, allow adequate space between plants and rows. Plants grown too close together are more susceptible to disease and will produce fewer fruit.
*Apply regular liquid feeds of high nitrogen fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro or Thrive every 7-14 days throughout the growing season to promote flowering and development of healthy fruit.
*Some plants may require staking in which case avoid tying plants too tightly to their stake as the tie may strangle the plant’s stem as it matures. A flexible rubber tie or tape is best. Old panty hose if available make excellent ties.
Harvest beans regularly to promote more fruit. If pods are left to develop mature seeds they’ll stop producing new pods.
For sweet tasting carrots prepare the soil by adding lime, sulphate of potash and organic matter ensuring it is evenly mixed through the soil. If organic matter is not well worked into the soil roots may be forked and misshapen.
Sweet corn is ready to harvest when sap in the kernels is milky. Test by pressing with a fingernail.
Trim off the ends of cucumber runners that are not producing fruit. This will encourage new growth and fruit.
Rockmelon is ready to harvest when the stem pulls easily from the fruit.
For healthy plants give them an application of sulphate of potash and superphosphate. This will encourage flowering and produce larger and sweeter fruit.
For that real tomato flavour, let the fruit ripen on the bush and pick when the fruit is red-ripe. To avoid Blossom End Rot add an application of Dolomite Lime to the soil before planting.
A watermelon is ready to harvest if the fruit sounds hollow when tapped with the knuckles. Another indication is when the underside of the watermelon (laying on the ground) turns a creamy-yellow.
Pick zucchinis when fruit is small. If the fruit is left, they will develop into large, watery flavoured zucchini, this also discourages the formation of new fruit.
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