|Written by Toelken69|
After all of your hard work of planting your garden. You must also do the necessary work to keep it maintained and your plants healthy. Healthy plants produce more fruits and vegetables. The first and most thing you need to do is keep your plants watered. Under watering can result in lost crop, dwarfed plants, some diseases and certain fruit rot.
Secondly you need to keep the weeds out of the garden. Weeds rob moisture and nutrients from the soil. Weeds also grow quicker and taller than your vegetable plants. Therefore they steal the necessary light from your smaller plants. Without that necessary light the plants will be unable to flourish and produce adequate fruit.
To keep your plants vibrant and healthy you should feed them. Use a basic fertilizer. Fertilize plants as recommended. There are many different types fertilizers and plant foods for many different plants. You can choose a specific plant food for your type of plants if you want.
Vegetables need to be picked when ready, so that the plant can produce more fruit. Leaving the fruit or vegetable on the plant after it's ready to be picked will slow down the plants production.
You also now need to protect your investment. There are plenty of insects and varmints out there that want your crop. You can find some organic pesticides and remedy's at your local gardening center to help keep pests down.
By maintaining your garden you will reap great rewards from all of your hard work. Try canning or freezing some of your extra vegetables to get you through the winter. Canning or freezing extra veges will save you a lot of money at the grocery store.