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Post  stevenfstein 8/7/2021, 10:55 am

My first year with SFG and all new (mostly) Mel's mix. Also tried the string method for tomatoes and cut off as many suckers as I could. Here are my observations. All plants from nursery containers, not from seed. Bush beans wildly successful and still producing. 2 Zucchini plants were huge with tons of flowers but hardly any vegetables between them. Kale and Basil did great. Tomatoes big disappointment. Tasted great and fruit a bit bigger but plants were spindly, leaves and stems started to yellow a bit at the bottom. Cucumbers also a disappointment, again not many produced. Eggplants and Peppers, same issue, lots of flowers but hardly and product.  Live in NY and had a ton of rain this year. Lots of bees and white butterflies so pollination should not have been a problem. 

I might try to plant some kale seeds but in general was wondering if I should amend the soil now after I pull out all the vegetables or wait till the spring or do both. I plan on adding composted cow manure, earth worm castings, mushroom compost and a product called Sustane Concentrated Compost. 

Your guidance greatly appreciated....  Steve




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Post  OhioGardener 8/7/2021, 11:19 am

@stevenfstein wrote:I might try to plant some kale seeds but in general was wondering if I should amend the soil now after I pull out all the vegetables or wait till the spring or do both. I plan on adding composted cow manure, earth worm castings, mushroom compost and a product called Sustane Concentrated Compost.

Rather than thinking "amend the soil" think "refresh the soil with compost". The answer to that is "Yes", as you remove plants, refresh the bed with compost to replace what was used by the plants. If you have not already purchased the Sustane, you would be well to not purchase any. If you have already purchased it, wait until next spring to apply it. The Sustane really does not provide anything not already available in the composts you are using.

Rather than pull out the vegetable plants, cut them off at soil level and let the microbes feed on them over the winter. Those roots will both add to the organic matter in the soil, and improve the microbial activity.

In general, the successes/failures you listed are very good for the first year garden using Mel's Mix - it takes about a year for the microbial activity in the various composts to bread down the organic matter and make the nutrients plant-available. With the composts already in the mix, and the ones you are adding this fall, the soil will be much more nutrient rich for next year's gardens.

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Post  stevenfstein 8/11/2021, 6:59 am

Much appreciated. So when I add the compost and other materials to the garden, leaving in the root balls, do I just lay the material on top or mix it into the soil, not disturbing the root balls.

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Post  OhioGardener 8/11/2021, 8:13 am

@stevenfstein wrote:Much appreciated. So when I add the compost and other materials to the garden, leaving in the root balls, do I just lay the material on top or mix it into the soil, not disturbing the root balls.

Yes.  Then next spring apply a little more compost and use a hand cultivator to work it into the top 2" to 3" of soil, and you're ready to plant again.

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Post  markqz 8/11/2021, 12:42 pm

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That looks like a pretty good garden to me!


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