Posted June 08, 2011 04:55 AM
ok so i bought a new house last year and got a ton of beds ready last fall but and having awful germination, slow growth, and other misc issues. So here is my setup and nearly everything used is a potential suspect. they are raised beds I made using sheet mulching techniques with some old rotting hay
, composted horse manure, and a commercial mix of topsoil and compost
I have planted everything from lettuce, tomato
, peppers, potatos, carrots, parsnips, squash, melons, onions etc etc etc.....
now i planted everything at least 3 weeks ago...I am in western NC
the onions seem fine, most of the squash and watermelon doing pretty good, some small carrots are popping now and some lettue is a few inches big. there are a few 3-4 inch tomato plants, cucucumbers seem pretty good, potatos doing good but in hay no in the ground.
some really small kale, collards, chard coming up now, had a few beans come up but died after setting real leaves.
Lack of sunflower germination, calendula germination, basil germination.
OTHER POTENTIAL ISSUES......the site does get less sun than I had expected because of tree growth but still getting about 5-6 good hours...so not enough
? not warming the soil?
I do have a major slug problem I am attempting to deal with....could they be eating that much before I even see it?
any thoughts? or info from anyone who has dealt with this huge mess.......thanks big agro