Raised Garden Questions

nan59June 23, 2012

This was our first year at a raised garden. The black-eyed & purple hull peas did great, but that is all. The squash, cucumber, beans & zucchini made beautiful plants but very little to no fruit. The corn only grew to about 3 ft and produced very small ears. I started out with garden soil from a local landscape company and used miracle grow once a month. I did put some iron on the beds after a 6 inch rain and we had alot of yellow leaves. Any suggestions, I would like to plant in the fall.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Do a soil test. Maybe the soil is lacking something. I add compost, cottonmeal greensand. I am always adding something. I do garden organically. I am always building the soil with something. Is there a nursery that does a organic approach? Their soil is usually better.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 1:14AM
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tx_ag_95(7/8 Lewisville)

I've been told to fertilize the plants at the beginning but then to stop feeding them after they've matured or all you'll get is nice pretty plants with no fruit. I haven't researched it, but it seems logical.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 9:06AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

One can change the fertilizer from one that pushes more Nitrogen to one that encourages flowering. This is true for tomatoes.

I get out and make sure that the squashes and cukes are fertilized by taking makle flowers and taking on the role of pollinator. . Also timing is crucial of WHEN you planted your plants.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 10:52AM
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Hey nan59,

I live in Katy/Houston area and have had some troubles myself, yet very successful with several things I planted. I planted everything in late February / Early march. Here are some pictures of my raised beds and similar issues with the squash, cucumbers, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: plants

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 9:33AM
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