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Why Do My Veggie Plants Look Amazing, But Not The Veggies?!?

tomatoes wont produce, too much nitrogen

Picture of overgrown tomato plants with very few tomatoes. These are the biggest tomato plants I have ever seen with little reward. We grew beans there the year before. There was too much nitrogen along with very high temps, making the tomatoes not grow.

Sometimes one of the problems we have when gardening, is our plants grow nice and robust, but then we get very little fruit from it. This is very frustrating!! We are planting the garden for the Veggies not the plant anyway.

Obviously there are conditions in your garden that are conducive to the plant thriving. There is sometimes a balance you have to have. You want the plant to do well so that it will produce fruit, however if the plant dose too well, it will skimp on the plants. Here are a few ideas on what could be going on in your garden:

  • You may have too much nitrogen in the soil. This can happen from fertilizer or from compost added to the soil if the compost is heavy in nitrogen. This is great for plants that are being grown for the foliage, but if you are wanting fruit from it, too much nitrogen encourages the plant to grow and focus its energy on growing rather than producing. Peas and bean plants fix nitrogen into the soil, so planting something that is sensitive to too much nitrogen there after, might be a cause of the problem. Tomato plants are particularly sensitive to this.
  • This is also particularly for Tomato plants: The temperature outside when the plant is flowering and ready to produce cannot be too high or too low. Too much heat or cold will cause the flowers to drop off before fertilization occurs. So Tomatoes in areas that are too hot, maybe heat reflecting off buildings and the like, might get really large in size and produce very little fruit.
  • Another thing might be that the plant is getting too much water. This can encourage the plant to keep growing with out producing fruit. Check the soil with your finger before watering. If it is still wet, do not water.
  • It might need fertilizer with the middle number high. This is the part of the fertilizer that encourages the plants to produce fruit. That number stands for phosphorus. Bone meal and rock phosphate is some good organic sources of phosphorus for your garden.

Happy Gardening!

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What is Organic Gardening?

Pepper, how do you grow an organic garden, what is involved in an organic garden, do you use organic fertilizer, what kind of plants do you grow in an organic garden, what do you use for organic pest control, There has been allot of hype in recent years about things being grown organically. So what exactly dose that mean? How do you grow an organic garden? There are different lengths people go to to achieve an “organic” garden.

What growing organically means:

  • Fertilizer: There is specific fertilizer that is natural products that is deemed organic that you can use in the garden and still have it be an organic garden.
  • Mulch: Using organic mulch also counts in the organic garden. Some people go as far as what plants and seeds they choose.
  • Plants: Planting only heirloom Continue reading

How to Grow the Biggest, Best Strawberries Ever

what is the secrete to growing big strawberries, how do you renovate a strawberry patch,  when do you fertilize strawberries, Growing strawberries is not hard, they like to spread and perpetuate themselves, however, if left to themselves, the production and size of your strawberries will go down .

The key to a big strawberry is a big plant with nice big healthy leaves that it grows on. So how do you get that to happen?

  1. After the snow first melts in the spring, cover your patch with a row cover to start warming it up and giving the plants a head start on growth. Just remember that they might need to be watered as the water dose not get through the row cover a s easily as if there were no cover. You will be amazed at how much this helps them grow.
  2. Renovate the patch right after the harvest of strawberries is over. They need enough space to Continue reading

What dose Phosphorus Fertilizer do in the Garden?

Phosphorus is the second number in fertilizer trio. But what is phosphorus (P), and why do plants need it? Phosphorus can come from many sources, from rock to an organic bone meal.

What dose Fertilizer Do?

Fertilizing your garden can make a big difference in how it turns out. This is going to be a 3 part postings this first post will be about Nitrogen Fertilizer and a general overview of fertilizing.My view of fertilizing is that it should only be done when necessary. If you continuously add organic matter to your garden soil multiple times a year, eventually your soil will be so fertile, that you will no longer need fertilizer. But this takes time to get your soil to this point. So in the mean time, Continue reading

Organic Food?

So what is all this hype about Organic Food? What is the difference, and is it important to only use organically grown food?
Well, first of all Organically grown food is grown without using synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides. It also means the plant hasn’t been genetically modified. Organically grown food is grown using sustainable and renewable methods, and is therefore better on the environment. The organic garden soil will continually be added to and helped to improve, where as the traditional methods, the soil becomes depleted and leaches out all the micro nutrients.

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