A Checklist for Healthy, Happy Veggies

Healthy vegetables are better placed to shake off potential attacks from pests and diseases. Follow our checklist for happier, stronger plants.

✓ Start with the soil

Good soil doesn’t happen in one season, it’s the result of sustained love. Add compost to your soil every spring or fall and it will gradually improve with each passing year. You will notice the difference in your veggies.

✓ Leave enough space

Cramming plants together in the expectation of getting more to harvest simply doesn’t work. Follow growing instructions and give plants the space they need. Well-spaced vegetables mean good airflow and fewer problems with pests and diseases. It also ensures each plant has enough resources to draw on.

✓ Right plant, right place

The plant will only thrive if they’re grown in the right conditions. There’s little point growing peppers in the shade or lettuce in the direct sunshine of a hot summer. Follow the planting advice given on the Bonnie website or Homegrown app and plan accordingly.

✓ Water when needed

Most vegetables need additional watering, especially in summer. Aim for around one inch of water per week, remembering that plants may need considerably more than this in very hot weather or a dry climate.

✓ Keep them fed

Vegetables benefit from feeding during the course of the growing season. Use a high-quality plant food such as Nature’s Care Organic & Natural Vegetable, Fruit & Flower Food, following label directions. Specific plant foods are also available for fruiting veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

✓ Maintain cleanliness

Don’t give lurking pests and diseases a chance. Keep your growing areas clean. Remove old plants once they’re done. Compost what you can but don’t add infected plants to your compost – this could store up problems for next year. Look about your garden for areas that could be hiding pests such as slugs. Old boards, for example, provide the perfect refuge so get rid of them.

✓ Learn from mistakes

No one is a perfect gardener. Take each setback as a valuable lesson. Keep track of what happens using the Notes section of the Homegrown app. Learn from your mistakes and understand what went wrong. Next time you’ll be forewarned and primed for success!