Feeding soil

  • Feeding soil

    Posted by SLH on May 28, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    While we were on vacation it rained like crazy here and we lost a lot of plants in mineral tubs, mostly tomatoes. What do I need to do to the soil before replanting? I fee like we probably lost some minerals as well as whatever was in the rain. Starting over stinks but I have no other choice.

    Chloe replied 9 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • BiggKidd

    Member
    May 28, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Did your tubs not have proper drainage? Rain shouldn’t cause anything to die off unless it’s a succulent or there was standing water. One other thing would be if the rain were poisoned with something. Even if a lot of nutrients did get washed out the plants shouldn’t have died just slowed growth.

    • SLH

      Member
      May 28, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      They have drain holes but I guess not enough because we had lots of rain every day

  • Chloe

    Member
    May 28, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    I used bone meal, magnesium, and tums for calcium.

    • SLH

      Member
      May 28, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks. I used epsoms salt. Now to get some tums and bone meal. Just any tums?

      • Chloe

        Member
        June 2, 2023 at 9:47 am

        I use any tums.

  • Prayer-Garden

    Member
    May 28, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    Why not just use calcium nitrate? More reliable and has directions instead of guessing? And don’t forget that most of the stuff you put in the ground has to be broken down before its available to the plants. But sounds like they just drowned. We’ve gotten 3″ a day for 4 days in a row, and I haven’t lost anything in my tubs, planters or 8″ high raised beds. And 3 if my beds flooded.

  • Private_Cluck

    Member
    May 28, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    We went through hurricane Harvey that dropped over 50″ of rain in two days and did not lose any plants in the containers (or anything in the garden for that matter). The plants, including tomatoes, were all very mature – don’t know if that was a factor or not. Seems suspicious that you would lose so many plants so fast.

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