Tips to Extend Your Harvest


Here are some tips to keep fruiting and pod-producing plants cropping for longer...

1. Keep on Picking 

The first rule with any fruit or pod-producing vegetable is to keep up with the harvesting. Zucchinis that swell into marrows results in fewer new flowers and fruits. Beans will stop producing more pods if the existing ones ripen – by forming seeds, the plants have completed their lifecycle and have no further reason to continue flowering.

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Check plants regularly and harvest fruits and pods before they get too large or overripe. If you’ll be away from home for more than a few days, encourage your neighbors to harvest them – they’ll enjoy free food and help keep your harvests coming at the same time!

2. Keep Watering

Keep the soil consistently moist. Water-stressed plants don’t produce many fruits or pods, and become more prone to problems such as blossom end rot or splitting.

3. Continue Feeding Plants

Fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are hungry plants, so keep watering on a suitable organic liquid fertilizer to give them enough energy to keep cropping.

4. Top Up Mulches 

Mulches of organic material applied earlier in the season may have been mostly incorporated into the soil by now. Top up mulches with new material such as seed-free straw or grass clippings to help to keep plant roots cool and moist.

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