Not much of a crop... what did I do wrong?
I'm reaching out to all you gardening gurus with the hopes that you can shed some light on what is ailing the plants in my SFG.
First, a quick description of my SFG. It's one 4x4 box, raised up to waist level on a cement patio. It's filled with Mel's Mix and has access to full sun. I live in southern Connecticut in Fairfield County.
Next, a quick disclaimer: I know little to nothing about gardening, so please forgive my ignorance! :)
Ok here goes:
I have a giant indeterminate cherry tomato plant growing in one of the corner squares of my SFG. I water the plant at the base daily and the plant is caged. All was going well and the plant grew quite large with lush green leaves and 9-10 clusters of a dozen or so little green tomatoes. Yesterday as I plucked two ripe, delicious tomatoes I noticed something strange. The roots seem to be coming up from underground. I scooped up some dirt from the empty adjacent square to cover the exposed roots, but was surprised to find roots in that square as well, which makes no sense to me since there had been nothing growing in that square all season. Are these roots from the cherry tomato plant? Is a SFG too shallow for this type of plant? Also, this morning I noticed some of the leaves on the plant are turning yellow and others have brown spots. What could be the problem?
I'm also growing sugar snap peas, which are growing well up some bamboo stalks. Peas are starting to form and the plant seems healthy from about the middle on up. Toward the bottom of each vine the leaves are brown and shriveled. Is this normal? I do my best to keep water off the leaves and to do my watering at the base of each plant.
I have three pepper plants (sweet, jalepeno and bell) that look EXACTLY as they did when I transplanted them in May. They don't look unhealthy, but they haven't grown at all. Should I pull them?
Lastly, cucumbers. I planted from seed on Mother's Day and the seedlings grew to about 3 inches high and looked great, but that's where we're still at almost two months later. Yesterday I noticed a little yellow flower on one of the plants. Is this what they call "bolting"? Shouldn't the plants be much larger by now and near producing fruit? Is there any hope for cukes in my garden this summer or should I pull the tiny plants?
I tried growing lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots and beets and while everything produced seedlings, nothing grew beyond that. Not a great first attempt at SFGing, but I'll keep trying. Just need to learn the tricks of the trade, I guess. Appreciate your input!