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May 5, 2017 8:00 PM CST
i live in north Mississippi and planted my first garden this year... I planted everything a few weeks ago and they came up quick and looked good... then it started raining and has rained every day or every other day since and has gotten cold on top of that for a few days! I added 8-8-8 a week ago and I now have had 4 tomatoe plants die and all my cucumbers and half of the squash and zucchini plants have died as well! Here are few photos of what I'm dealing with... I really hope someone can help!!

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Name: Sandy B.
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May 5, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Ginger86 .

The combination of wet weather and cold temps certainly could have killed some of your plants... such is the world of agriculture, I'm afraid. It's very frustrating, but there isn't much to be done in the way of "help." I would leave any of the plants that look like they might still have some potential, and replace the others with new plants.

Believe me, most of us have had disasters with our gardens... everything growing fine and then hit with a hail storm, animals eating the plants, bugs and diseases killing stuff... it's all part of gardening, I'm afraid. Don't give up! Smiling
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May 5, 2017 8:42 PM CST
If your soil is well draining, rain, rain and more rain won't hurt them. But cold will. They were suffering some stress from all that water and cold and you felt sorry for them and fertilized. Sighing!

The worst thing you can do is fertilize a plant in distress. Hopefully, the remaining plants will recover.

I don't know what zone you are in but tomatoes shouldn't be planted until temperatures stay above about 50 for a couple weeks and cucumbers and squash, more like 70. Chances are that the fertilizer was just the last straw - they may have frozen to death.
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May 5, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Now you get to buy a consolation posie ! Whistling

May 6, 2017 10:22 AM CST
Thanks everyone... I thought that might be the case but wasn't sure... I think I'm in planting zone 7... I replanted most of them and hoping for a better outcome... never thought we would have lows in the 40's this time of year after what the winter looked like but my mistake! Haha... guess you live and learn... hopefully I can figure this out and get a good crop this year! Guess you have to fail once to succeed! Haha... thanks again everyone!

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