Plants with very little roots

  • Plants with very little roots

    Posted by Mamawithamission on September 28, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Our garden did okay this year, but many of the plants just seemed weak. Today, I began to pull the majority of spent plants up to clean up the garden and regroup. I have been amazed that we were able to harvest much of anything this year. The roots on the tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, etc. are terrible. They are very small and underdeveloped. After watching Danny on porch time talking about the phosphorus issues, I am wondering if others are seeing the same thing. Thank you!

    DB1 replied 1 year, 9 months ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Beachchic

    September 29, 2022 at 1:17 am

    My tomatoes had the biggest roots I have ever saw they were thicker around than the stock its self. Now then my greenbeans and lima beans I has so much trouble getting them to germinate, I planted 3 and 4 times. Once they finally germinated they did ok I got like 18 quarts our of 90 foot in rows for greenbeans and 15 pints of lima beans from the same amount, but the plants looked as if someone held a lighter to their leaves they turned black like they were burned. The roots werent bad, but not anythinf amazing either. My cucumbers never did germinate I planted them twice. Sweet potatoes did amazing! Irish taters were amazing but they rotted because we had so much rain. I didnt really see root issues but boy did I have germination issues. Danny told me pretty early on that it was due to the radiation.

  • DB1

    September 29, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    It may be worth your time to get a soil test done. Your local extension office can give you information on where you can get soil tested in your area.

    • Stoutlander

      September 29, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Will they test for herbicides? A lot of folks buy bagged compost, manure and soil that that could be contaminated with aminopyralid, clopyralid, glyphosate, or maybe other poisons I haven’t heard of yet. Just because a bag has “organic” written on it does not mean it is organic. It has to be certified. Folks feeling the pressure to get their gardens up and running will buy bagged stuff for their gardens and not think of such potential problems, or maybe have yet to even hear about such problems.

      • DB1

        September 29, 2022 at 10:28 pm

        To my knowledge they don’t test for herbicides. Most of the time the soil test tests for pH and mineral deficiencies in your soil. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your local extension agent, they may know of a way to check for pesticides.

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