Hi everyone, I made a sheet mulch bed with cardboard and dried grass on top of compost-added soil. I put in seedlings with a handful of compost and soil. Most of them, however are stunted in growth and look pale. Am I missing something basic? Many of the seeds iput in have not germinated and the garden is shaded completely by my apartment block. The tomatoes on my regular bed are doing ok growth wise but the same is not true for my sheet mulched tomatoes.
I put in compost bought from a nursery. The soil is moist and quite cool to the touch. The smell is faintly earthy. My theory is that it might be something to do with the grass mulch that iput in. I have another bed where I have put in the grass mulch but haven't added the cardboard. Having the same stunted growth there. Only the daikons seem to be doing well. Some of the mulch is still green underneath.
Without asking a lot more questions I can't guess exactly what is wrong, but for one thing.....tomatoes are sun plants. While they will survive in shade if the soil is moist enough and fertile, they will slowly, spindly, and produce poorly. Out in the sun they are still demanding in that they want fertile soil, even moisture, warm temperatures during the day and cooler at night, and fairly loose soil. They are pH sensitive too. So there could be a lot of factors going on.
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