The Q&A Archives: Could cucumbers be overpowering other veggies?

Question: I have made some new additions to my veggie garden last year I had tomatoes brussel sprouts and broccoli. This year I have tomato (in the same spot of the bed),robain lettus, two kinds of peppers and cucumbers and carrots. My tomatos usually grow all over the place, but this year, my tomato plants have begun to develop fruit, but the leaves are turning yellow. Not only that, my cucumber plant is out of control and is growing/wrapping itself around everything in the garden. Everything seems to be growing really slowly except the cucumbers. I have added mulch and miricle grow every two weeks(same thing I did last year with no problem). I water an inch every week whether it rains or not. Is it the cucumbers that is causing this stunt in growth

Answer: You might be on to something here. Individual plants need adequate growing room with plenty of air circulation all around to help keep them disease free. When plants are growing in a crowded space, air circulation is poor but also, the roots have to compete for enough moisture and nutrients. If possible, try to redirect the cucumber vines so they're not choking out the rest of your plants. You might even consider erecting a temporary trellis so you can lift the cucumber vines up off the ground and away from the rest of your plants.

As for the tomato plant with yellowing leaves, if they are the oldest (lower) leaves, it's perfectly normal. The oldest leaves will be dropped and new leaves will develop higher up on the plant. It isn't a good idea to plant tomatoes in the same garden spot year after year. If insects or diseases are present that are specific to tomato plants, your plants could pick these problems up year after year. Try to rotate your tomato, pepper and eggplant to different areas of the garden each year.

Best wishes with your veggie garden!

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