veg. plants - Knowledgebase Question

goldenvalley, Ar
Question by panchotwo
May 8, 2010
i started eight to ten weeks ago threy only grew three to four inchs can you tell what may be the problum is

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010


When plants fail to thrive, even though they get adequate water and sunshine, the problem is almost always due to the soil. If you didn't amend your planting bed with compost or other organic matter prior to planting your veggies, they are probably struggling to grow deep roots. Without a deep root system, the plants will be puny. There's not much you can do for them right now other than to mix in some compost between the plants. It will at least loosen the soil near the plants and with any luck the roots will seek out the newly amended soil and begin to grow a little better. To improve the soil and turn it into rich garden loam you only need to incorporate some organic matter each spring. Here's how: Spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the vegetable bed. You can use compost, aged manure (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your veggies and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular vegetable garden. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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