Return to the Ozarks Region Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Ideas

Posted by jspeachyn5 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 27, 08 at 10:56

Well I'm going to give you my theory and then you can let me know what you think and would do.
I had said how almost all of my flowers have had a really slow start or seem to be way too small. My sunflowers are really tall but tiny little heads. Impatiants are not even 6" high. The 4'oclocks that reseeded are about 14". the new ones I put out are 20". No one marigold or zennia plant made it. Both of the morning glory are tall and full of big leaves but not one bloom. My hosta has been way too small this year, last year covered the whole beds they are in. Cosmos tall no blooms, same with foxglove and daisies. Not one bloom an any of my glads or lilies. The elephant ears are way bigger than normal.
Ok I am wondering if all the "good" from compost and blood meal and all the other amendments I put in last fall and spring "same as always", leached out of my raised beds.
Because all the rain we had I had to go pull all the mulch off the beds and store it in the garage until it dried up some in June. I couldn't even mow the bottom 1/3 of my yard until the end of June because of the standing water and mud.
I have been giving them plant food and watering now that it is so dry.
What do you think?
Sorry about this being so long.
Bonnie


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Ideas

I have been wondering why all your plants have done terrible. The rain actually helped my yard except for the weeds which grew faster than usual. My daylilies were wonderful this year, but I have excellent drainage. Parts of my yard are like creek gravel until I haul in leaves, grass clippings, top soil, rotted hay etc. When you don't have good drainage, the roots rot. All the rain should have been bad for things like zinnias, but some things should have loved it unless you have poor drainage. I am just guessing.


 o
RE: Ideas

It's not drainage. Because all my beds are raised. When it's hot like now I have to deep water them every 4 days. the only things I have that aren't in raided beds are sunflowers and 4'oclocks.
I just got a lot of rain. and now when everyone is getting a shower It keeps missing me. But finally got a good slow shower last night.
I don't know.


 o
RE: Ideas

What kind of soil did you build the raised beds with?


 o
RE: Ideas

This is the 5th year they have been there. I had compost and then I hauled in manure and black dirt and sand and all my amendments. all of that sat the first fall through spring before I ever planted in it. this year I did the same w/adding all my amendments and compost and leaves. That sat over the winter.
The only other thing besides leaching out with too much rain, would be maybe I had a night that was too cold for all of this and I just don't recall it.
Bonnie


 o
RE: Ideas

I bought some organic fish fertilizer that I thought would be great. I sprinkled it around and later something was wrong with the leaves of some of my plants. I haven't used it since. Maybe your ammendments got out of balance. Plants are later this year because of the cool spring.


 o
RE: Ideas

my SWAG on this is too much nitrogen.

william


 o
RE: Ideas

william, I will have to look that up. I thought too much nitrogen would make all green and no bloom? I will look tomorrow. Thanks.
Bonnie
Another thought, would the fact that I had a new roof matter? Had it replaced in Oct. and was wondering if the run off from that being new and the chemicals? I know I'm grasping at straws.


 o
RE: Ideas

Boy, that's one for the books; sounds like those beds should have been good for years without any additions of anything.

I can't think leaching is it. Has some spray set them all back, herbicides? I used Neem oil for the first time, every single leaf dropped from the roses....I think it was the neem.

You may have to have the soil tested. That would sure clear it up for you. Then you would be set for next year.


 o
RE: Ideas

Yes I think I will get the soil tested.

william, from whit I read last p.m. I should have a lot of green and no blooms. I don't have a lot of green. In some cases the plants are very short and not filled out.
Bonnie.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Ozarks Region Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here