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San Diego, CA
May 18, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Zone 10a
Oregano, thyme, and chili peppers are growing very slowly and have some leaves turning yellow. I planted them about a month ago. They are in a 7" raised bed (bottomless) with organic soil (soil is new). The soil is very fast draining. The top 1-2" is alway dry to the touch. The soil at 3-4" deep is dry within 24hrs even after thorough watering. I watered every couple of days when I planted them. I'm now watering every 4-5 days out of fear that I was overwatering them. With the leaves turning yellow, I can't tell if I'm over or under watering. Since it's new soil, I wouldn't think that I need to add nutrients. Thank you for any input!
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Name: Sally
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May 18, 2020 2:45 PM CST
If the soil is dry in 24 hours, the soil is dry. Water more.
Think of this, the rest of the ground under the bed is a giant sponge waiting to suck up all the water you give it. If that sponge is dry, its sucking a lot of water out of your bed.
All the pepper flowers are a good sign
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San Diego, CA
May 18, 2020 6:24 PM CST
Sallyg: Thank you for this info. It's helpful!

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