This is the first raised bed i planted with seeds. All lettuce on perimeter , row of spinache, and cilantro and i think basil. This one has no compost but i spread homegrown organic fertilizer 4-6-3, espina blood meal 12-0-0, and alaska fish fertilizer 5-1-1. In the beginning i noticed the water pooled at the front where the bigger growth is. I did some leveling hoping thats the case with the uneven growth. What do you guys think?
Yeah it might be a levelling issue (if you own a spirit level then give it a check) but that would be strange. How did you apply your fertilizer? If it was well mixed into the soil then it shouldn't wash to one side that badly. Hardly at all in fact.
Is the better developed side the warmer sunny side (ie: facing South if you're in the Northern hemisphere)? Perhaps there is a temperature differential from one side on the bed to the other?
I also notice that the surviving plants are somewhat more shaded (by the box's wood). Perhaps what you planted doesn't germinate/survive well in full sun?
You took those piftures around 4:30PM and I can see the shade. I think the shade from the afternoon sun, coupled with the depression allowed more water to soak in, and less water to evaporate. thus helping the plants to have less water stress. Vegetables are usually cool-weather crops and do better with 'more shade/less heat' so that might be why they are growing better vs tiny and ready to bolt.
You may have the same problem that I found in my potato bed. The soil in one end is slightly higher than the other end so when I water all the water rushes to the other end where the best plants are growing.
Looking at your soil line that is what I am seeing. All your plants are at the low end.
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That is giant caesar lettuce. Starting to see some flower but I was picturing it to be just a little more contained in the middle, not like romaine, just a little, and somewhat more hearty/crunchy looking. Did they not get good nutrients? How do they look?
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