When I first started my organic garden over 10 years ago we used a lot of compost mixed in with our soil. I had tomatoes coming out my ears! For the past few years my tomatoes have been less prolific... and the past 2-3 years they were downright anemic- as was much of my garden I must say. I finally had my soil tested, discovered a nitrogen deficiency, and corrected it. (Last test, pre-plant time, soil was in the "perfect" zone for N-P-K and alkaline levels.)
So now I've got bean, potatoes, more beans, cucumbers, marigolds, tomatillos, basil and lettuce growing like mad.But my tomatoes? Not so much. They're no longer yellow - they're just sparse... skinny stems, not many leaves, some are quite short still - 24 inches is my smallest. Scrawny. They're flowering and some even have some early fruit, but they're so sad looking!
They're planted on the far east side of my garden with no shade until mid-day, when the crazy beans start giving them some dappled shade. Could this be it? I've googled it and found lack of sun and stress as 2 possibilities but neither really makes sense, especially when everything around them is doing so well... I could add some organic fertilizer, but I don't know if it's too late.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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