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Apopka, FL
Feb 28, 2018 9:57 AM CST
Hi! I am new to gardening and so far so good. However, I have stumbled on quite the issue. I planted three pregrown plants from Lowe's 2/22/18. Believe it or not these were the best looking ones. As you can see in the pictures they are going down hill.. don't worry about the onion, I'll be thinning/moving those today. I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of roots came together. *I did have silver queen corn planted previously for 10 days before planting also*. From the looks of it seems as if they came this way. But I haven't been able to find an article for what exactly it could be. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 28, 2018 1:28 PM CST
They were past there prime before you bought them, and more than likely overwatered. You may be overwatering, as soil looks pretty wet. Soil needs to dry about in inch between watering. Is there drain holes in bed's ? The onions even look like there drounding. Get onions planted out to all day sun. Toss the rest.
How deep are beds ? Spacing is to close. Toss em all !!! There has-beens. They we're to old when you bought them.
Allways get small, young plants.

I belive it's time for summer veges, anyhow. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Every gardener is allways, living and learning. 😞/πŸ˜€ !!!
Me too !!!

Grow on, Mimi πŸ’ƒ/πŸ•Ί πŸ‘!!!

Philip 😎😎😎

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Apopka, FL
Feb 28, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Thank you! That's what I was thinking, but I thought I'd give them a try. I took them out, moved the onions and took about half away. They came with so many! I'll thin them next week. The bed itself is on the smaller side. It's been a learning experience with how big everything gets lol. I'm trying the small spaces guides to start and building raised beds as I need more room. This is the current placement (pre-movement)

Again, thank you so much!

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 1, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Mimi Rolling on the floor laughing Hurray! :nodding:. Your, alrighty πŸ˜€ Your as bad as my sister. She plants most things, to close together. So ! I just got a little chuckle seeing yours. You'll find some things that like to be nice and cosy, and some that are like : "HAY, THERE ! GIVE ME SOME ROOM HEAR !"
Butt, with raised beds, you can plant a little bit closer. I don't have raised beds, just open ground, so I guess, you'd call me, what ?πŸ€”???
A "Dirt gardener !" Shrug! , or what ?

Are those greens I see there broccoli or cauliflower. I'd like to see how big heads get on them nodding !!! Also, you know that you can eat the leaves of them ?
Your garden looks beautiful πŸ‘!!!
Hears a picture of my winter garden, from about 3 weeks back. Snow Peas, on left, are allmost up to top of stakes now. Collards in back, are 3 1/2 feet tall, there 4 years old.

Just getting ready to start summer Garden, but mother nature, hasn't made up her mind quite yet. She's still letting O'l Jack Frost visit us. Dog-gone-it ! "WOOF πŸ• !" Toto says, "Go away, JACK, we've had enough of you for this year."

I'd send you a current picture of garden, BUTT, it's dark-thirty right now.

Ttfn πŸ•΅οΈ

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Mar 1, 2018 8:20 AM CST
Mimi, once a cauliflower plant has a head on it, you must pick the head, and the plant is finished. Some other cabbage relatives like broccoli will make side shoots after the main head is harvested, but not cauliflower or cabbage. So in future, don't buy cauliflower unless it only has healthy looking leaves.

Those plants you bought had been stressed, in small pots before you bought them. That's why they put on small heads and went over the falls after you planted them. Lowe's has a 90 day return policy so I think you can return them for a refund. Go for it. They never should have sold you those plants.

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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