The one thing I’ve learned in almost twenty years of vegetable growing is:
There’s always a mystery that is hard to figure out. Always. As in every year.
And while I wasn’t surprised by my latest mystery, it still bugs me every time I go to the garden:
They started fine, but in the past three weeks they’ve became pretty sorry-looking with yellowing leaves that eventually fall off. They’re putting out little peppers, but I’m removing them with the hope they’d put the energy into putting out some dark green leaves instead.
Now, if one of you sent a picture like this to me, I’d start listing the things that look like they might be problems:
- are they getting enough water?
- do they need more nitrogen (fish emulsion)?
- do you see any bugs or worms on them?
But like many things, I need the whole picture to really see the problem:
And they are thriving with lush, dark green growth and flowers.
You’d never know that most years the jalapenos put out more peppers than we can eat or use in salsa. Or that I gave them an extra feeding of organic fertilizer a week and a half ago (well, it does look like the jalapeno on the front far right is trying to put out some decent leaves…).
Yeah, this stuff is frustrating, but I’m trying to keep it in perspective- I’ve got a lot of other successes, like the sweet peppers:
It’s a mystery.
Any mysteries in your gardens?
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