Problems With First Garden

My garden is not doing so well. The leaves are dying or turning yellow. Some of the seeds I planted are not growing. I am not sure what to do. Can you help? This is my first garden. Thanks.

By Roxie

June 10, 20110 found this helpful

How did you prepare the soil? It may be a soil ph problem. If you can get the ph tested (there are kits available at garden centers), you can adjust the acidity or alkalinity with safe ingredients. If you add organic matter (compost), make sure it is fully "cooked" before adding it. Don't add sawdust. If you don't have access to compost, you can add some peat moss to the soil. Your local extension service may be able to help you know what typically needs to be added to the soil in your area. Yellowing leaves can also mean too much water. What part of the country do you live in?

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June 11, 20110 found this helpful

There are two things you need to do. Visit the local extension office and talk to your neighbors that garden. If your neighbors don't garden visit the neighbors of friends or relatives that have gardens. You need someone you can call when you need information that is willing to help you. You may even find someone that not only has a garden and can help you but they may can their veggies and will teach you that as well. And canning is an art that leads to savings.

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