RE: burnt veggys/Comments from the peanut gallery.
Fred is absolutely right. I'd also take a soil sample from your bed and send
it to your local state agricultural extension for analysis. This way you can
see what your soil needs. If you're not composting. learn about it. Organic
gardening magazine is a good source, there is much splendid information on
Compost is a great source of micronutrients, but is more of a delivery
system for them rather than being a primary source. Oustside of soil
amendements, the best sort of feritilzer that I use is fish emulsion,
diluted according to manufacturer's instructions. Manure from erbivores is
great, but I tend to add them to the compost pile rather than applying raw
manure to my vegetable plot. Once the manure breaks down and ages in
compost,it seems to be more useful and reduces most e-coli issues,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Fred Conrad [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2000 5:29 PM
> To: 'Christina Sova'; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [cg] burnt veggys
> If you are putting chemical fertilizers, like "10-10-10" on your
> every two weeks you could be hurting them. In hot weather, in any
> granular chemical fertilizers take water from the soil and plant tissues
> that they contact.
> You should be adding organic matter like compost or manure to the soil and
> topping it with a layer of newspaper covered with straw or other natural
> mulch. That will protect your vegetables roots from the heat and feed the
> soil, and that will give you better looking plants and bigger harvests
> without chemicals. It's much safer for your vegetables and the small
> creatures that live in the soil and make it productive.
> Your soil is probably sandy, but if you have a drainage problem and your
> plants look yellow before they look burned... the roots might be rotting
> first and the top dying second. If that is the case then you need to
> the amount of watering. Watch for puddles and soil that doesn't dry out
> between waterings.
> Also, remember that all gardeners everywhere have some plant problems, and
> even healthy plants can have some yellow or brown leaves sometimes. It's
> natural and you can learn from it.
> Community Garden Coordinator
> Atlanta Community Food Bank
> 970 Jefferson Street, NW
> Atlanta, GA 30318
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christina Sova [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2000 8:32 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] brunt veggys
> Some one please help. My vegtable garden looks like its been brunt by
> I water and water,
> I live in S.C. it is very hot here. So I water I am so depressed I dont
> what to do for them.
> Please help. They have been getting food about every 2 weeks.
> Thank you
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