I have had a hard time with peppers that are now finally starting to take o
ff. Now the zucchini and yellow squash is turning yellow and the fruit are
shriveling up and dying. Plenty of sun, water, epsom salt, black cow and 10
.10.10. Too much? I am so frustrated this year. There is the whole vole pro
blem, slow growing plants and now this. Ideas or words of encouragement?? M
y freezers are empty, I was counting a large amounts of produce.
That would be frustrating. I only get that from the slugs and the
deer, with the deer mostly stepping on seedlings.
My only other thought is from reflecting on my problems last year
-- are you sure they have enough water? Last year (and similar so
far this year), we had frequent rains, but not much rainfall. I
kept not watering because it had just rained. In fact, it had
rained about 1/10", and most of that just evaporated.
My plants had enough water that they didn't wilt, but not enough
to grow when they should have been.
Hopefully other's are more helpful. I'm no expert. I just have
many years of playing in the dirt.
|Drew Lawson | Mrs. Tweedy! |
| | The chickens are revolting! |
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:37:47 PM UTC-4, Drew Lawson wrote:
Yeah pretty sure it is not water. The irrigation systems run at 3 am and 6
pm for right around 20 -25 minutes. Plenty.
I have many years of playing in the dirt too and that is why I feel so frus
trated. I Know How To Do This... and it is not working. I am going to be ou
t of town for a week, maybe when I get back the gardens will be chuck full
of produce. The cucumbers seem to be doing well. I have them on a trellis t
his year and they seem happy about that. Put in an electric fence 3 years
ago to finally keep the deer out. As long as I remember to unplug it we ge
t along just fine. Been zapped more than once though.
On 6/10/2014 1:49 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Do you have squash borers? They decimated our yellow squash but don't
seem to affect the zucchini. Some of our squash is going yellow because
we are getting daily temperatures in the low nineties Fahrenheit.
We have been lucky in that we have had over twelve inches of rain in the
last month. This time last year we were in drought conditions and spent
lots of money watering the gardens. During the winter I put in soaker
hoses in the raised bed vegetable gardens and drip irrigation around the
fruit trees and in the flower/vegetable in ground beds.
How has your weather been? That can be the critical element.
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:05:54 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
ke off. Now the zucchini and yellow squash is turning yellow and the fruit
are shriveling up and dying. Plenty of sun, water, epsom salt, black cow an
d 10.10.10. Too much? I am so frustrated this year. There is the whole vole
problem, slow growing plants and now this. Ideas or words of encouragement
?? My freezers are empty, I was counting a large amounts of produce.
It has been hot, 94 today, but it is always hot this time of year. I am in
Eastern North Carolina. No borers. No squash bugs, no cut worms. I am stump
Amen! We had a bumper crop last year even with drought, this year we're
getting plenty of rain but the crops aren't doing as well as last year.
Picked a zucchini a couple of days ago, we had gone out of town for
three days and came home to a zuke that was four inches in diameter and
fifteen inches long. Cut it and it had tiny seeds and was very firm,
turned it into a large squash casserole for dinner. I guess it rained
while we were gone and squash of every kind suck up all the water they can.
I rearranged the big freezer last week, still have produce from 2009
through 2013 in there, all neatly vacuum bagged and labeled. All the old
stuff is now at the front. I think we need a walk in freezer, maybe in
the spare bedroom. <G>
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:49:33 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
off. Now the zucchini and yellow squash is turning yellow and the fruit ar
e shriveling up and dying. Plenty of sun, water, epsom salt, black cow and
10.10.10. Too much? I am so frustrated this year. There is the whole vole p
roblem, slow growing plants and now this. Ideas or words of encouragement??
My freezers are empty, I was counting a large amounts of produce.
Here is another thought. The 10.10.10 I have is 2 years old and has gotten
wet. Not wet enough to dissolve, but wet. Will this stop the effectiveness?
I also forgot to mention the spent coffee grounds that I put in the dirt.
They can't be bad can they? They are supposed to be good for everything els
Did it develop a slight amonia smell? That would have been some of the nitrogen
Generally, I either use coffee grounds spread thinly over the surface or mixed with
other organic mulch (generally, shredded leaves). Otherwise, they go in the
I'd worry that mixing them "fresh" into the soil would alter the pH or tie up some
N as the coffee grounds start to decay.
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:39:22 AM UTC-4, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
. They can't
e up some
No there was no amonia smell. One of the thoughts of "raw" coffee grounds i
t to also deter the fire ants. Don't I want less Nitrogen anyway to increas
e fruit production? Anyone else in North Carolina or close? I am getting th
e feeling that I am over thinking this and it is just too early for mass pr
oduction. Still feeling the affects of a long crappy winter?
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