Slow Vegetable Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Villa, IL
Question by ss4jordan
July 3, 2000
I am a First time gardener, I planted the usual veggies(peppers, tomatoes, corn, peas, onions) about 6 weeks ago and I hardly have any growth, if there is a problem with our soil can I still correct the soil in time to produce veggies this year or is it to late. I seem to be growing weeds very well!! And it's hard to know what to pull and what to leave. Please help!

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2000


Hang in there! It could well be that your soil has a pH or nutrient problem, and usually these kinds of things take a bit of time to correct. I recommend that you contact your county extension office (ph# 223-8627) for a soil test kit so you can get the ball rolling soon.

The links below are to articles containing information and directions for fertilizing your plants though their leaves. Foliar feeding can't take the place of the nutrients that roots extract from the soil, but it may enable you to salvage some of your crops.

Seaweed For Plants

Fertilize with Epsom Salts

This link will take you to a page that helps you identify weeds in your garden. It's a good start, but you can also learn a lot from your neighboring gardeners. The extension office may also recommend a bulletin or book for weeds common in your region that aren't included at this website:

Best of luck to you!

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