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Post  dastrong on 5/14/2011, 4:47 pm

Menditha wrote:dastrong, I am also from the Houston area and suffering mainly problems with my cucumbers and peppers. I need to pick up some better compost while my homemade stuff "cooks." Where did you find the worm castings?

I picked it up a Houston Garden Center - small bags in the center of the store.

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Re: Slow growth, yellow leaves

Post  Menditha on 5/14/2011, 11:39 pm

Wonderful! There's a Houston Garden Center VERY CLOSE to where I live. Thanks a million!

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Re: Slow growth, yellow leaves

Post  Miss M on 5/15/2011, 1:14 am

buttaflie143 wrote:Me too. I just went through this. I am using liquid MG to give my plants a nitrogen boost and I added fertilizer to all the boxes. My new plan is to visit as many local organic gardening stores as I can and ask the patrons what they use and how they like it. My plan is to be a more informed consumer. Hopefully, next year I will only need 4 composts because I am actively working on my own. However, one thing I have learned is that even home-grown compost can lack nitro, as it is the easiest nutrient to lose during the composting process. Go figure.

That's great, Buttaflie! The more informed you are, the better your garden will be, and it sounds like you've got a great plan! Very Happy

I used the cotton burr compost, too, to round out my five composts. I thought at the time that it probably wasn't much better than filler, being made of cotton burrs. I was wrong. Apparently, it rivals or even surpasses manure composts in nutrient value, and it accepts water and retains it, acting almost like a peat moss with nutritional value. bounce

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Re: Slow growth, yellow leaves

Post  elliephant on 5/15/2011, 9:21 am

Miss M wrote:
I used the cotton burr compost, too, to round out my five composts. I thought at the time that it probably wasn't much better than filler, being made of cotton burrs. I was wrong. Apparently, it rivals or even surpasses manure composts in nutrient value, and it accepts water and retains it, acting almost like a peat moss with nutritional value. bounce

Did your cotton burr compost say "acidified"? I've been eyeing some at a local nursery, but theirs says "acidified" and contains 1% sulfer, so I wasn't sure what to make of that.

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De same problem "Slow growth, yellow leaves"

Post  supliandes on 5/17/2011, 6:01 pm

dastrong wrote:Hello,
This is my first attempt at SFG and having poor results.
I built 2x8 cedar boxes with bottoms and have them raised off the ground.
I made up the Mels mix by the book and planted some tomatoes, squash, beans, etc. All of the plants leaves are more yellowish in color and are growing very slowly. My neighbor planted tomato plants a week after I did in a traditional row garden and his plants have grown at least 12" to 18" inches and are a nice green color.
I first thought I was over watering and cut down on the water, but it didn't seem to help. I use an automatic watering system for 5 mins per day - early morning. The boxes seem to drain well.
Any ideas of where I've screwed up???
Thanks,
Dale

Hi Dastrong, I have de same problem.
I built 4' x 4' cedar boxes, Put Mel-Mix, seeds y water.
How you solve de problem?

Thanks.


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Re: Slow growth, yellow leaves

Post  karental on 3/19/2012, 12:59 pm

Glad I searched the forum before asking this question. This is my first sfg. I always had beautiful squash plants in my self-watering containers. Now my squash in the sfg are yellowing and slow-growing. I'm going to go try to find some appropriate compost today and maybe that will help. This forum has been a great help to me thus far, so I'll take the advice given and see if it helps me, too.
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