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Kron3007

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #195 on: April 26, 2021, 09:21:45 AM »
Lettuce and kale doing well.  Peppers still indoors for next 3 weeks. problem:  one variety of tomato has leaves that are quite yellow. Everything else in same potting soil w same fert is fine.  On advice bought Epsom salts and painted some leaves with dilute mixture and watered one with same mixture.  No change

Advice welcome.

Which leaves are yellow old or new growth)?  Is it the whole leaf or just between the veins? 

Could also be pH.  Do you know your water?


The seedlings are in potting soil in 4-inch pots and the yellowing was working its way up. Veins were still green but the remainder of the leaves was yellow. Each leaf would then die.   Oddly this affected only 1 variety of seedlings; the others were fine.  I gave them a full strength shot of fert late yesterday and they seem somewhat better.

I’ve never tested the ph; that’s a great idea, and Mamselle’s comment on stray metals is interesting. (Everything is in potting soil and still indoors for the next 3 weeks, so no garden soil).

This type of yellowing in the lower leaves could be magnesium deficiency.  This can be caused from a lack of magnesium (which is why you were advised to give epsom salts), but can also result from other things such as over watering or even over fertilizing (especially with high K fertilizers).     


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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #196 on: May 04, 2021, 05:02:08 PM »
Neighbors up the street had their brick front stairs and stoop demolished. The core was a bunch of fairly large rocks, which they gave to me, and I'm building a low free standing border wall along one side of my front yard. Also I've moved a bunch of ostrich ferns into a circle around a wild apple tree. Have not gotten around to putting in a daylily yet.

I've moved the two potted Thai chili plants that I kept alive all winter outdoors to the back porch. Some of the old, large leaves are wilting and turning brown but there is new leaf growth. I think this is because nighttime temperatures are dropping below 50 F.
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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #197 on: May 05, 2021, 06:31:10 AM »
Neighbors up the street had their brick front stairs and stoop demolished. The core was a bunch of fairly large rocks, which they gave to me, and I'm building a low free standing border wall along one side of my front yard. Also I've moved a bunch of ostrich ferns into a circle around a wild apple tree. Have not gotten around to putting in a daylily yet.

I've moved the two potted Thai chili plants that I kept alive all winter outdoors to the back porch. Some of the old, large leaves are wilting and turning brown but there is new leaf growth. I think this is because nighttime temperatures are dropping below 50 F.

Free stuff is wonderful and reusing it also keeps it out of a landfill.

I've overwintered chilies before and they tend to do well inside.

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #198 on: May 05, 2021, 08:20:58 AM »
Lettuce and kale doing well.  Peppers still indoors for next 3 weeks. problem:  one variety of tomato has leaves that are quite yellow. Everything else in same potting soil w same fert is fine.  On advice bought Epsom salts and painted some leaves with dilute mixture and watered one with same mixture.  No change

Advice welcome.

Which leaves are yellow old or new growth)?  Is it the whole leaf or just between the veins? 

Could also be pH.  Do you know your water?


The seedlings are in potting soil in 4-inch pots and the yellowing was working its way up. Veins were still green but the remainder of the leaves was yellow. Each leaf would then die.   Oddly this affected only 1 variety of seedlings; the others were fine.  I gave them a full strength shot of fert late yesterday and they seem somewhat better.

I’ve never tested the ph; that’s a great idea, and Mamselle’s comment on stray metals is interesting. (Everything is in potting soil and still indoors for the next 3 weeks, so no garden soil).

This type of yellowing in the lower leaves could be magnesium deficiency.  This can be caused from a lack of magnesium (which is why you were advised to give epsom salts), but can also result from other things such as over watering or even over fertilizing (especially with high K fertilizers).     


It’s now looking much better!  Fertilized and added a small amount of extra magnesium.  All plants now have lush dark green foliage and, weather gods willing, can begin the hardening off process in a few days,

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #199 on: May 05, 2021, 12:42:14 PM »
It's been a busy couple of weeks here!  Between alternating days of cold/rain and windy days in the 80s, we've managed to nearly all of our projects done since Easter.  We're both recovering from the aches and pains (and I think we spent as much time sitting and taking breaks some days, as we did actually working--being 60+ and creaky in the joints is a bitch for getting work done!), things look good.

In the garden:  I replaced my tomatoes that froze in the late snow, planted okra, cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe seeds; sowed kale, and planted a row of beans and another of peas (both to be followed up with weekly/biweekly plantings). I also set out six butter crunch lettuces.  All these join my colored bell peppers, leaf lettuce, carrots, beets, onions, and snow peas.

In the herb bed:  I added a German thyme and a chocolate mint, as well as sowing basil seed and planting some leftover onion sets.  All those join my chives, sage, parsley, rosemary, Mexican tarragon, and catnip plants. I left room to put garlic in later in the year.

In the flower beds around the house, I cleaned up and added a few fill-in perennials.  And Saturday, ALHS helped me dig up and divide my 4 old clumps of daylillies--they now cover about 15 feet, three feet deep! I also filled my big whiskey barrel planters (pink double impatiens ringed by white/bronze begonias) and two hanging baskets (purple sweet potato vine ringed by white splash foliage).

ALHS has a couple more bags of mulch to put down (waiting for things to dry out a bit between rains) in the flower beds around the house; he also put down edging, fabric, and mulch all around the new garden beds.

Now I just need to add some flower seeds and a few plants to my pollinator garden, and the real work will be all done (save watering, picking, and making trellises for the melons, cukes, and tomatoes).  From what I hear, I might have to take a mortgage to afford the wood frames for the trellises! I also want to add one more garden bed to make a screen from the nosy neighbors, but that will take only a couple of hours to build, fill, and plant.

I'm very happy and excited to be back gardening after a couple of years off.  (Also very sore!)

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #200 on: May 06, 2021, 08:01:16 PM »
ALH:

You have been busy!

I love chocolate mint! We have German thyme and lemon thyme (smells wonderful).

I hear you on the being sore part. I went to the garden today and my body hurts.