Growing your own vegetables provides a lot of wonderful benefits. You can lower your grocery bill substantially. Home grown vegetables are healthier and have a much better taste than store bought vegetables. And, you get to glow with pride when everyone is commenting on how beautiful your garden is and how much they love the taste of your harvest.
One of the best ways to have healthy garden plants is to know what each plant needs. Some plants require more light, more water and more fertilizer than others. Do your research and learn what type of conditions are best for each plant you want to grow. Most vegetable plants have to have at least 6 hours of sun each day. However, there are plants that need a full 8 hours of sun.
If you have long periods without rain, make sure that you water your garden. Most vegetables need at least an inch of water each week to thrive. If the vegetables are bearing fruit, they can require even more water. In really hot temperatures, you might need to water your garden several times a week. Your plants will literally tell you if they need more water. Check them everyday and if you notice any wilting on the leaves, water them.
Insects and pests can quickly destroy even the healthiest plants. Take the time to look at your plants on a regular basis. Check the leaves and stems carefully for any signs of insects. Most pests will eat the plant, so look for any holes in the leaves. The sooner you discover a problem, the better chance you have of saving the plant.
If the fruits and vegetables are close to being ready to harvest, avoid using harmful pesticides. If you are going to take the time to grow fresh vegetables, it’s much better to take the time to use organic methods to get rid of pests. Using dangerous pesticides sort of defeats the advantages of growing healthy vegetables!
Written by Connie Corder for HouseplantsForYou.com, Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved