The Q&A Archives: vegetable garden problem

Question: I plant my vegetables in the late spring, and they start doing very well. All of a sudden (when they are starting to produce fruit), the plants start to die, even though we faithfully water them. What do you think could be problem?

Answer: Some veggies are prone to diseases so the first order of business is to be sure you plant your veggies in different parts of the garden each year (called crop rotation). This keeps diseases specific to tomatoes or squash or whatever you're growing from attacking the following year's crop. Next on the to-do list is being sure to amend the soil with organic matter prior to planting. This will ensure the soil is rich and loose, which will help the roots grow healthy and strong. A final suggestion is to make sure there is ample room between plants so air can circulate freely. This, too, will help the plants avoid disease problems. Be sure your veggies are planted in a sunny spot and that you water the soil, not the plants.

Hope these guidelines will help you have a bountiful harvest next year!

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