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Benzonia, Michigan
Andrew48
Jun 5, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Hi, I started a garden this spring and am having issues with the plants. They are growing very slowly and are turning brown/yellow. I am in Zone 6a. They get 15 hours of sun each day. The soil is composted horse manure/hay. It drys out at the top, and starts getting moist 2 inches down. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
Jun 5, 2020 4:41 PM CST
What kind of plants are those? Possibly kale? (in which case they probably don't like the heat) Possibly something else that is supposed to look like that?
Is it possible the hay was treated with a herbicide before being composted? Sometimes those persist.
If they are not wilting, it might be some sort of nutrient deficiency - you could get the planting medium tested, though for as much diagnostics as I can do over the internet it seems like it would be fine too me.
Benzonia, Michigan
Andrew48
Jun 5, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Thanks PlantingOaks. Those are 17 day old Arugula.
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Jun 5, 2020 4:59 PM CST
The reds and yellow/browns are stress colors. I think that your compost mix is not composted enough and the lack of usable nitrogen is burning the roots of the seedlings and inhibiting their progress without giving anything for them to use for growth. It will probably be a great growing bed next year.
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