To move the garden, or not to move the garden?
New gardener here-desperately wanting some vegtables, and some advice.
Here is the post I have posted on three different forums, all giving me a variety of responses:
I planted starter plants (tomato, cucumber, and yellow squash) as well as seeds (Kabocha winter squash and carrots) around April 20th. I have no produced one single fruit! I have been watering with soaker hoses and just started with the sprinkler. I usually watered an hour soaker hose a day. But temperatures are reaching mid 90's now. Here are some pictures. Please let me know if you see what the issue is!
I was looking forward to having some veggies at this point:(
This is where the garden is placed ( now how soil,plants, and fence)
Summer squash (only two have flowers)
Summer squash stem..is that normal?
Tallest tomato plant ( none have flowers!)
While some tomatoes are still only yay tall...
Cucumbers(some leaves below) are flowering though...is it an infestation?
Kabocha (C Maxima Winter Squash).. still tiny sprouts!!?
Upclose kabocha..each sprout has a few discolored bottom leaves?
Some other important info:
-There is 3 layers of cardboard underneath 11 inches of the organic bagged soil/compost/casting mix.
these are the products that make up the mix:
As well as the worm castings:
I have narrowed my conclusions down to this: (yeah,not very narrow)
-sun exposure with tree
-no room for roots to grow
-lack of nutrients in soil
-soil not getting moist deep enough
-soil needs rock
-water once a wk vs everyday
-drowning plants and giving nutrients to lawn
-air bubbles/root balls?
-soaker hose does not reach entire root zone
-hard soil under cardboard
-tree roots sucking nutrients
-too hot when planted
-soil needs to establish itself
-move away from tree
-proper nutrients in soil
-wait for soil to develop
-water where the roots are
-mix soil with existing soil
-shovel and turn over soil and breakcardboard
-move beds and do not lay down cardboard but
turn grass over
-test plants in pots in different area
-test one bed with no cardboard in full sun
-stab the bed
-dig up plants and check roots
-water tomatoes more
-fertilizer once a week
-jerry parsons plant answers website
-mulching to protect soil (moisture and keep cool)
-test soil and give it what it needs
-compost for fall
-liquid fertilizer (ironite)
To help me narrow it down a tad, what do YOU think? what would YOU do?
(again, I am a 19 year old girl, working, college student living off of a college budget, so, I am limited in my resources!)
Thank you all so much