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Post  marietta mike on 5/7/2012, 5:45 am

Hello All

This being my first year at SFG'ing i am wondering, sometimes, if i am doing something or am i just running through information overload.

I understand that "Harvest Dates" that are listed on seed packages are for that seed. Here is my problem, "General Information".

I have Radishes that say 28 days to harvest. Well it is going on 6 weeks now. The leafs are full and large but i am not seeing any roots. This first group took 14 days to come out of the ground. At that point i dropped new seed for second go round. The leafs on the second planting have busted out of the ground faster and are larger then the first. Still no radishes from the first planting. Mel's New SFG'ing shows the same as the package 4 weeks seed to harvest.

The same with my Cucumber. It has been in the ground for 5 weeks now. The plants have not matured past 8 inches tall. Mell's book shows 9 weeks seed to harvest. No way i am getting Cucumbers in the next few weeks.

This is the same for all my veg. A lot of show but no sign of anything that one can eat. Any one have this issue? Are the numbers just a guide? I have fertilized twice with FISH FERTILIZER as it called for on the lable every 7 days. I am seeing no change.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 5/7/2012, 9:27 am

You have used all five composts, right? With the radishes, a root crop, you may be giving them too much nitrogen, so they happily make lots of leaves and forget making bulbed roots. Could be the same with the cucumbers, if they look too heavy with leaves, not fruit. Then again, there may be something else particular to your part of the country. (This is where you Southern square-footers jump in.)


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Post  walshevak on 5/7/2012, 11:39 am

I vote for too much nitrogen. In MHO for the NPK ratio you need more P. Bone Meal is good for bulbing plants. And plant to harvest dates are only estimates.



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Post  H_TX_2 on 5/7/2012, 11:56 am

This problem seems to come up fairly often and it seems to be a lack of phosphorous. I would recommend anyone new to SFG add something like bone meal to boost the phosphorous in their mix. MM is not always perfect. Someone could get 5 different composts and still be deficient in phosphorous. Adding just a touch is not going to hurt if you already have some and it will help greatly if you are lacking.

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Post  littlejo on 5/8/2012, 1:42 am

My first yr. with SFG, I had great radishes and cukes, no fertilizer was used except for 1 time on the tomatoes. Normally, radishes, beets, carrots and sw. potatoes don't like fertilizer. A little bone meal maybe, but no nitrogen. Cukes, well, not much fertilizer for them either, or you will have lots of leaves, no flowers.

You might try cutting off the leaves of your radish, about an inch above the ground, and see if the root develops. If not, then I'd suggest a planting of lettuce or spinach. They will grow where the radish will not!


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Post  marietta mike on 5/8/2012, 4:23 am

Thanks All

Will give things a try. Bone meal. As far as the 5 composts yes i do. I am starting to see tomato almost over night. Pumpkin as well are breaking thru the soil. I had a feeling that plant to harvest dates are only estimates. I did not see anywhere on packages that indicated early or late plantings. The more i read the more i pick up.

I was talking to folks about Okra. I have three mag's with three different sizes the plant will reach. I called the wifes mother she tells me the plant will reach between 4 1/2 and 6 foot tall. The mag's were showing between 3 and 3 1/2 foot tall.

There is a lot to learn.. Again thanks all
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