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May 30, 2018 12:03 AM CST

I have two areas in my yard where I am growing sweet potatoes. One is in a pallet box that is pretty deep but at the bottom it has brown matter that we collected, the other is just in my regular garden fed by a drip water system. The one in the pallet box that we are manually watering seems to be suffering the leaves are turning yellow and brown and it seems to be dying. It does get more sun than the one in the regular garden. We live in Israel it is hot and not humid at all. We are getting two completely different results. Has anyone seen leaves that look like this? You can see the 2 different results here.
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May 30, 2018 8:37 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Pallet bed probably needs more water. How deep is it ?
If that's Galvanized wire over plants, that could also be affecting plants.
Are types of soil in both beds the same ? Was ground tilled before planting ? I tip my hat to you.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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May 30, 2018 10:16 AM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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IF you have planted on top of amass of brown mater, that is most likely your problem. I am assuming brown matter means dead plant parts. This can be incorporated into soil or used as mulch but is detrimental at the bottom of a planting hole.
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May 30, 2018 12:12 PM CST

farmerdill said:IF you have planted on top of amass of brown mater, that is most likely your problem. I am assuming brown matter means dead plant parts. This can be incorporated into soil or used as mulch but is detrimental at the bottom of a planting hole.


Yes, it is at the very bottom. We watched some videos about putting compost and brown matter at the bottom of the garden, guess this was a mistake. The pallet has brown matter than probably 14 inches of bagged gardening soil on top. The ones in the regular plant garden had just the soil that was already there, and we added some bagged garden soil to it. I guess you live and learn Sad
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May 30, 2018 12:14 PM CST

Philipwonel said:Pallet bed probably needs more water. How deep is it ?
If that's Galvanized wire over plants, that could also be affecting plants.
Are types of soil in both beds the same ? Was ground tilled before planting ? I tip my hat to you.


It is about 1 1/2 feet deep, I guess we should take the wire off. We had stray cats getting into our beds and digging, so we left it on. The bagged garden soil is the same in both, with the addition of brown matter in the pallet box, and in the earth garden, it has the regular soil and bagged garden soil mix. We did really break up the dirt and mix in the soil. Maybe we shouldn't have put brown matter at the bottom.
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May 31, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Ok. Then it's not the wire.
It's as Farmer Fill said. The layer of brown matter at bottom is all matted up, rotting, basically making a root barrier.
Its probably depleting, water and
nitrogen from soil.
I'd give that bed, a few extra applications of fertilizer, in between your normal fertilizing, to feed the brown matter.
Also, water it more than other bed.

Don't kick yourself. 😟
All us gardeners goof up. Whistling

Bye. Now. 😀
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May 31, 2018 9:15 PM CST

Philipwonel said:Ok. Then it's not the wire.
It's as Farmer Fill said. The layer of brown matter at bottom is all matted up, rotting, basically making a root barrier.
Its probably depleting, water and
nitrogen from soil.
I'd give that bed, a few extra applications of fertilizer, in between your normal fertilizing, to feed the brown matter.
Also, water it more than other bed.

Don't kick yourself. 😟
All us gardeners goof up. Whistling

Bye. Now. 😀
😎😎😎




We have compost- should I put that in there? Maybe that would help?
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Jun 1, 2018 6:17 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
It wouldn't hurt. 👍👍
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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