Why is my vegetable garden not growing? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by carrol44
June 26, 2008
I am in Oakland, Ca. My vegetables are not growing. My beans are dying. The tomatoes are very small and flowering. My basil, parsley & cilantro went to seed at about 9

Answer from NGA
June 26, 2008


Veggies and herbs grow best in well draining soils amended with organic matter. While some plants such as tomatoes and parsley appreciate hot weather, others, such as beans, basil and cilantro do not. In fact, cilantro grows for only 6-8 weeks before dying out so if you want to harvest this herb all summer long you should plant seeds at 2 week intervals so you always have plants from which you can harvest leaves. Parsley is a biennial; it will grow nicely the first year as long as you keep the leaves clipped. The second year it will form a seed head. So, try planting some new seeds each spring and you should have plants available all summer long. Basil and beans grow best in the cool spring or fall months so that's the time to sow your seeds. As for your tomatoes, try fertlizing them and/or placing some compost around each plant. An added boost of nutrients should get them growing again.

Best wishes with your garden!

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