Cynthia
Cynthia
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Asked on Jul 22, 2013

STUNTED GARDEN!

Cynthia360 Sod (Donna Dixson)Douglas Hunt
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My vegetable garden is still not growing. I assume it's due to all the rain, however it's my first attempt with planting seeds so I just thought maybe it would take longer. Anyone else plant with seeds and have small plants at this time of year?
7 answers
  • Pati Waggoner-Gulat
    on Jul 22, 2013

    I do but I know it's cos I have it planted in too much shade...Does your garden have too much shade ?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 23, 2013

    In addition to Pati's shade question, it would be good to know what you did in terms of prepping your garden before planting.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 23, 2013

    What did you plant and when did you plant?

  • Cynthia
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Garden is located in full sun in raised bed made of Mel Mix soil (peat, compost (5 blends) and vermiculite), watered daily except for days when it rains, which has been most of the season. Plants shot up quickly but then stopped at a fraction of their normal size. I don't fertilize so wonder if that is the problem. Always had such luck gardening and this year with all the rain, only a turnip grew well. The squash and pumpkins are not real full and have small fruit on them already, but things like wax beans are about 12 inches tall with 3-4 beans per plant. Sorriest looking garden ever!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 23, 2013

    I suspect that the rain has leached the nutrition out of your compost material. You could try top dressing with some compost tea or give it a zap of Miricle Gro or another brand of chemical fertilizer to jump start it. Espoma puts out some pretty good organic supplements as well that you can purchase at a good local garden center. (EB Stone or Happy Frog are some other good organic brands as well)

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 23, 2013

    I want to add that I am not a fan of the Mel formula for our southern gardens. It may work well for the northern gardens, but even though I sell peat moss, I try to steer folks away from using it for two reasons. This article explains the the sustainability issue better than I can. http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/0712/asknlpeat.html The second reason is that peat can change the ph of your soil and not in a good way. In giving this more thought I think maybe you should do a soil test for your garden and find out where you are with your ph levels and your micro-nutrients as well as the basics chemical analysis

  • Cynthia
    on Jul 23, 2013

    Donna, thanks for Sharing that info on peat. I'll try some Miracle Grow for now and see how it goes. Appreciate all of your help.

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