Strange Things Are Happening - Knowledgebase Question

Mashpee, MA
Question by vnikitin
September 9, 2001
I bought this house last year. It was so over planted that I had a landscaper come in and clean it out.

This year I happily planted flowers. Daisies, petunias, geraniums, dalias, etc. The usual and two tomato plants. Nothing grew but it didn't die. If it was 5 inches when I stuck it in the ground, it is still five inches and blooming. I put in two tomato plants, right next to each other. One is bearing tomatos happily, and the other is sitting there with little green things that are not growing or turning red.
I watered, weeded, fertilized monthly and nothing.

Its really kind of spooky.


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Answer from NGA
September 9, 2001

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so that the moisture soaks down deep into the soil rather than just sprinkling the surface. Deep watering encourages deep rooting and the plants are healthier due to the more extensive root system and subsequently are less subject to moisture stress. Using several inches of organic mulch will help keep the soil evenly moist. It will also feed the soil as it breaks down, hold down weeds and help moderate the soil temperature.

Make sure your watering is effective by digging down to see how far it has penentrated. It is best to water deeply less often than a daily sprinkling. Most plants prefer a soil that is evenly moist but not sopping wet. One other possible problem is using water that has gone through a salt-based water softener system. This will stunt or kill plants.

I hope this helps you trouble shoot. so that the moisture soaks down deep into the soil rather than just sprinkling the surface. Deep watering encourages deep rooting and the plants are healthier due to the more extensive root system and subsequently are less subject to moisture stress. Using several inches of organic mulch will help keep the soil evenly moist. It will also feed the soil as it breaks down, hold down weeds and help moderate the soil temperature.

Make sure your watering is effective by digging down to see how far it has penentrated. It is best to water deeply less often than a daily sprinkling. Most plants prefer a soil that is evenly moist but not sopping wet. One other possible problem is using water that has gone through a salt-based water softener system. This will stunt or kill plants.

I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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