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How to avoid fruit rot

Garden and greenhouse owners can increase their chances of avoiding fruit rot by following some simple steps, it has been claimed.

According to the News Herald, using the correct type of soil and a sufficient amount of fertiliser can boost the odds of produce turning out well.

It suggested using well-drained, slightly acidic earth to give the plants the conditions they need to grow successfully.

Consistent watering will keep plants hydrated, but growers should be careful not to soak the foliage, as this can leave it open to disease.

Meanwhile, the choice of variety can be just as important as soil type and gardeners should aim to buy strains that are disease-resistant and come from healthy stock.

It is also essential to only plant fruit and vegetables at the right time – doing so too early can result in poorly developed roots that are unable to properly absorb water, the news provider added.

Meanwhile, Gardening Nude has explained how milkweed is not actually a weed, despite its name.