Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Plants starting to get pale green leaves Toplef10Plants starting to get pale green leaves 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Plants starting to get pale green leaves I22gcj10Plants starting to get pale green leaves 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Plants starting to get pale green leaves Toplef10Plants starting to get pale green leaves 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Plants starting to get pale green leaves I22gcj10Plants starting to get pale green leaves 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Mark's first SFG
by markqz Yesterday at 10:45 pm

» Recommended store bought compost - Photos of composts
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:20 pm

» Heat Mat Lifespan
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 6:30 pm

» Compost bins: Open vs. closed
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 4:47 pm

» Greetings from a haggard mom
by MamaV Yesterday at 10:32 am

» Drip Irrigation question
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:12 am

» raised bed quanders
by OhioGardener 3/1/2024, 7:32 pm

» N & C Midwest: March and April 2024
by OhioGardener 3/1/2024, 12:58 pm

» N&C Midwest January & February 2024
by OhioGardener 3/1/2024, 7:15 am

» Seeds 'n Such Leap Year Sale
by sanderson 2/29/2024, 1:42 pm

» Kiwi's SFG Adventure
by sanderson 2/29/2024, 1:40 pm

» Sealing Barrels Flowers Struggling-Need Ideas
by Turan 2/29/2024, 12:07 pm

» Horsey poop
by MrBooker 2/29/2024, 10:56 am

» Calling all juice bar waste composters...
by KiwiSFGnewbie 2/27/2024, 5:21 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 2/27/2024, 10:00 am

» Famous Gardening Quotes
by sanderson 2/26/2024, 10:53 pm

» Hello From the Kern River Valley from Kernville, Ca
by sanderson 2/26/2024, 9:52 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 2/25/2024, 1:26 am

» Prefab compost question
by DMann 2/24/2024, 12:37 pm

» Starbucks for coffee grounds!
by OhioGardener 2/24/2024, 7:44 am

» Hello from Surrey
by sanderson 2/23/2024, 12:29 am

» Kitty Control
by sanderson 2/22/2024, 10:49 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates
by Turan 2/22/2024, 4:07 pm

» Jjean59 first SFG - 2024
by Scorpio Rising 2/22/2024, 11:00 am

» Winter Lag - Waiting for Sprimg
by sanderson 2/21/2024, 4:36 pm

» TDs 2024 SFG
by Turan 2/21/2024, 12:09 am

» Hello! From GA! Newbie
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 9:53 pm

» Sweet Potato Slips - Buy or Grow?
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:27 pm

» Seeds 'n Such Free Shipping
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:09 pm

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by OhioGardener 2/19/2024, 5:46 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Plants starting to get pale green leaves

4 posters

Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  jjocsak 6/21/2013, 10:11 am

Plants starting to get pale green leaves I-QpQRXfp-L
Plants starting to get pale green leaves I-qSc5P8d-L

This is my first square foot garden, 4-4x4 plots.
I made my Mels Mix up as follows:

1/3 peat moss
1/3 coarse vermiculite
1/3 compost mix with equal parts of the following:
organic mushroom compost
organic humus
organic composted manure
organic lobster compost
organic worm castings


Everything I planted came up fast and very healthy.
Now after 6 weeks many of the plants are taking on a pale green color.
The photo above shows a pepper plant and Greek Basil that should have bigger leaves
  and much darker green than is showing and in my opinion should be growing faster.
We have had a lot of rain lately as well.

This is very frustrating as I thought this was the perfect mix that took very little care.

Now what do I do?
Do I fertilize? (fish emulsion maybe)
Do I put more compost around the plants? I have left over compost mix.
Should I wait to see if things improve?

Any input would be greatly appreciated as I leave for vacation tomorrow and would like to do something before I leave.

Thanks
Jeff
jjocsak
jjocsak

Male Posts : 53
Join date : 2013-04-26
Age : 68
Location : Nazareth, PA

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  camprn 6/21/2013, 10:32 am

Solution: Topdress (1"-2") with any leftover compost is the short answer from me. That lobstah compost is great!

It is the perfect mix, for starting, but that doesn't equate with maintenance free, especially if you plant heavy feeders like tomatoes and peppers and eggplants.

The new foliage looks good. Typically older leaves will reach the end of their usefulness then yellow and dry up. YOu can make the plants look better by trimming of used up foliage.

Have a great trip!

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



Plants starting to get pale green leaves WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  lyndeeloo 6/21/2013, 5:55 pm

Hi Jeff,
I had much the same problem (see "not so green" post) and got helpful comments and suggestions from the Forum. I started watering more regularly, instead of thinking the many inches of rain we'd been getting was doing the trick. The MM seems to drain water away very quickly and it is often dryer than I think.

I also addressed the possibility of not enough Nitrogen and top dressed the beds with alfalfa pellets and watered them in. The alfalfa seems to have done the trick and the garden has really greened up and is growing very nicely.

This is also my first year of SFG and I also used the Lobster compost as part of my MM. I still have several other traditional soil raised beds I have used for many years and used them as a comparison to the SFG. The other beds plants' were much greener and I was concerned as you are. Since the alfalfa pellets worked so well in the SFG I have also added them to my other gardens. Good Luck with your new SFG, I really enjoy my new garden and love reading everyone's posts in this Forum. You learn something new everyday from this community of gardeners!
lyndeeloo
lyndeeloo

Female Posts : 433
Join date : 2013-04-14
Location : Western Massachusetts Zone 5b

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  jjocsak 6/22/2013, 7:59 pm

camprn wrote:Solution: Topdress (1"-2") with any leftover compost is the short answer from me. That lobstah compost is great!

It is the perfect mix, for starting, but that doesn't equate with maintenance free, especially if you plant heavy feeders like tomatoes and peppers and eggplants.

The new foliage looks good. Typically older leaves will reach the end of their usefulness then yellow and dry up. YOu can make the plants look better by trimming of used up foliage.

Have a great trip!

Thanks that's just what I did. I used the left over compost mix and added some Coast of Maine fertilizer (organic) mixed in as suggested on the package, then watered well.

We'll see how that works.

Jeff
jjocsak
jjocsak

Male Posts : 53
Join date : 2013-04-26
Age : 68
Location : Nazareth, PA

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  jjocsak 6/22/2013, 8:09 pm

lyndeeloo wrote:Hi Jeff,
I had much the same problem (see "not so green" post) and got helpful comments and suggestions from the Forum. I started watering more regularly, instead of thinking the many inches of rain we'd been getting was doing the trick. The MM seems to drain water away very quickly and it is often dryer than I think.

I also addressed the possibility of not enough Nitrogen and top dressed the beds with alfalfa pellets and watered them in. The alfalfa seems to have done the trick and the garden has really greened up and is growing very nicely.

This is also my first year of SFG and I also used the Lobster compost as part of my MM. I still have several other traditional soil raised beds I have used for many years and used them as a comparison to the SFG. The other beds plants' were much greener and I was concerned as you are. Since the alfalfa pellets worked so well in the SFG I have also added them to my other gardens. Good Luck with your new SFG, I really enjoy my new garden and love reading everyone's posts in this Forum. You learn something new everyday from this community of gardeners!


Thanks for the encouragement. I guess it was naive for me to think I didn't have to do anything with the beds after planting.

BTW where did you get the Alfalfa pellets?

Jeff
jjocsak
jjocsak

Male Posts : 53
Join date : 2013-04-26
Age : 68
Location : Nazareth, PA

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  Frenchbean 6/23/2013, 5:55 am

Jeff your garden looks fab. Im over here in the UK I really wish I could buy the tomato cages you have, they look so sturdy. Its my first year to. Even though I ve been on this forum for about a year learning. Very Happy You guys seem to get more blends of compost and manure than we do over here. I wish you all the luck.
avatar
Frenchbean

Female Posts : 204
Join date : 2012-06-24
Location : SE England

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  lyndeeloo 6/23/2013, 7:34 am

Agway, Blue Seal in a 50 lb bag. Compressed alfalfa pellets. No other added ingredients according to the label. Some feed pellets contain other nutrients for the animals so I looked for the one that was just alfalfa. You don't need a lot. They expand when wet and start to crumble. Each time you water they break down a little more. Sort of a time released thing. They dry out between waterings and sometimes I stir the around a bit and break the up some more. You can use them as often as you like according to what I've read and some people spread them heavy and after watering the make a crust over the soil and it acts as a mulch cover for weeds. I was concerned about fungus growing on it so I keep it a little bit away from the plant stems.

Lyn
lyndeeloo
lyndeeloo

Female Posts : 433
Join date : 2013-04-14
Location : Western Massachusetts Zone 5b

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  jjocsak 6/23/2013, 7:41 am

lyndeeloo wrote:Agway, Blue Seal in a 50 lb bag. Compressed alfalfa pellets. No other added ingredients according to the label. Some feed pellets contain other nutrients for the animals so I looked for the one that was just alfalfa. You don't need a lot. They expand when wet and start to crumble. Each time you water they break down a little more. Sort of a time released thing. They dry out between waterings and sometimes I stir the around a bit and break the up some more. You can use them as often as you like according to what I've read and some people spread them heavy and after watering the make a crust over the soil and it acts as a mulch cover for weeds. I was concerned about fungus growing on it so I keep it a little bit away from the plant stems.

Lyn

Thanks Lynn. Do you know if the pellets are organic?

Jeff
jjocsak
jjocsak

Male Posts : 53
Join date : 2013-04-26
Age : 68
Location : Nazareth, PA

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  lyndeeloo 6/23/2013, 8:41 am

What I bought does not say organically grown on the bag, and the product is generally used as animal feed. I am very careful what I use in the garden, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, but I can't say my garden is certified organic. I am sure there is an organic source for it on the internet.

Here's a link to a site that might be helpful to you
http://www.organic-garden-goddess.com/alfalfa-pellets.html#axzz2X2fNAJNH
lyndeeloo
lyndeeloo

Female Posts : 433
Join date : 2013-04-14
Location : Western Massachusetts Zone 5b

Back to top Go down

Plants starting to get pale green leaves Empty Re: Plants starting to get pale green leaves

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum