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May 17, 2017 7:48 PM CST
In the spring of 2016 I planted the usual garden vegetables in rich, dark, compost heavy soil that I had added only a natural mineral blend to. The garden gets about 6-7 hours of sun which, although on the minimum side, is usually sufficient. Not last year. Squash and tomatoes didn't produce anything until fall and then only 4-5 on each, the spinach bolted immediately, the beets and carrots never matured, but finally went to seed this year without ever giving me anything worth eating. Although last year we were in drought conditions in N. Ca, these plants were in self-watering raised beds.
My question is: Is anyone else experiencing similar growing problems and if so have you found any solutions?
I have noticed a heavier lichen growth and dark spots and patches, possibly mold, on the native trees and grasses. Related? This was before the heavy rains even, but worse now.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 17, 2017 8:11 PM CST
I have had those sort of results here when I plant too late and the hot weather shuts everything down. Could that be it?
Name: Sally
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May 18, 2017 5:22 AM CST
Have trees around the garden grown more, possibly the sunlight is less now than when you first checked? (happened to me anyway, just a guess)
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 18, 2017 10:27 AM CST
More info needed. Please 😁!!!
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Climate matters. Temps. Length of growing season. Any other kind of info you can think of.
More about your soil. You may just need mulch.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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May 18, 2017 10:58 AM CST
Add to the list of questions - what is the Ph of your soil?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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May 18, 2017 12:37 PM CST
I had the same issues with my self watering containers last year. I didn't change the potting mix, but did add some fertilizer. I think the mix needs to be changed every year, and the weather cooperate for success.

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