Everything needs attention and nurturing to thrive and grow whether it be your significant other, your children, your pets or your plants.
I joined Colorado Bob's Hopi Blue Corn experiment and after two plantings and building a special structure to keep the critters out, I neglected to fertilize or properly take care of my corn plants. It showed. My corn gave as good as it got. My excuse was that I planted it where I wasn't often there to take care of it but I could have made more of an effort. I'm ashamed.
I've never been good at long distance relationships. I have even written off the friends who moved away. Now when something is right under my thumb I will take very good care of it.
This is my bell pepper plant friend. She lives right outside my door. I gave her lots of love, attention and fertilizer. It shows. She has so many peppers that I had to tie up her branches to keep them from breaking from the weight of all the peppers.
Now if anyone is interested in seeing what loved and nurtured Hopi blue corn looks like, go to http://cbhopibluecornexperiment.blogspot.com/
That's Bob's place. He's a really cool guy who can do just about anything. He even built his own solar oven. You'll also meet a lot of other neat people there.