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May 7, 2020 7:15 AM CST
Georgia
We just made two raised beds, 4x6 and 10 inches tall. We added one bag of soil conditioner (from pine bark), one bad of cow manure and the rest are topsoil in each bed. We have been watering once a day for the last two weeks but the plants are turning yellow. We live in central Georgia. Do we need to mulch the plants or is the soil wrong for the plants? We have tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, and squash.

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May 7, 2020 7:20 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Welcome! The mixture sounds ok to me. I use a half and half mix of topsoil and homemade compost in mine and I have no problems with yellowing. How recently did the plants go in? Have you fertilized? Could you post some pics? This might help to ID the problem. Watering once a day may be too much.
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May 7, 2020 1:24 PM CST
Georgia
Thank you for your response! We planted them two weeks ago and haven't added anything else to the soil. Here is a picture below...
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May 7, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

Your plants are looking good! Thumbs up
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May 7, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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These look great to me! Hurray! some yellow leaves are normal, specially the oldest leaves. You could start fertilizing with any good 4-4-4 or similar number. The plants will need it to produce fruit.
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May 8, 2020 7:00 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Please explain what you mean by "topsoil".

In the Macon area, people pay to have a dumptruck load of topsoil brought in, but recieve... damp sand. Useless... nothing grows in it!

I always dig the existing soil on site... add compost, manure, or whatever... and... after digging into the native soil deeply enough, there is no need to bring in additional soil.

Those plants look like they are yellowing to me too... but pictures lie... they may just be getting slowly acclimated to being outside.

maybe research "compost tea". I'd be tempted to give them a shot of liquid nutrients...
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May 8, 2020 7:36 AM CST
Georgia
Thank you for all the helpful responses! I had already pinched off some of the yellow leaves before those pictures so they don't look quite as yellow. We bought topsoil in bags for these beds so it was good dark soil but I will look into those fertilizers and compost. I was afraid we were over watering or that the water went right through the soil because it is so light with the soil conditioner. Thanks!
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May 9, 2020 7:59 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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You are right about the water just draining through those bagged mixes... another reason that it is so essential to dig the native soil...

when people put those raised bed kits on top of the existing soil, without shovel digging... watering the bagged mix means that the water just runs out of the box... this summer, you'll see it drain across the ground... and... when you are washing all that water through your box, it washes out any nutrients that are in the box. and... the plants never get to send their roots below the level of the box.

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just re-read your first post... go ahead and mulch... anything to prevent the sun from drying out the "soil" and over heating the roots.
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