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Question: Just planted 3 garden beds (4' X 8') and am finding that all the leaves on my fruits and veggies are yellow and the edges are brown. Tried sulphur-thinking soil was too alkaline; not watering so much; watering more....please help.

Answer: Yellowing leaves on newly transplanted veggies just indicates the plants are trying to adjust to their new homes. You will likely see some wilting and yellowing/browning leaves. But, eventually the roots will establish themselves and new growth should look a healthy green. In the meantime, water deeply once or twice a week (depending upon weather and your soil type). Well amended garden soil will hold water for several days but sandy soils won't and you'll need to water more frequently with sandy soil. When you water, water deeply to encourage deep roots, then allow the top inch of soil to dry out before you water again. I wouldn't add any more sulfur or lime. I'm sure your soil is just fine. Give your plants another week to 10 days and they should perk up. Good luck with your garden!

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