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Old Today, 12:19 AM
 
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Has anyone been experiencing problems with plant production in their gardens in the last few years? I have been a Master gardener for over 38 years with lots of expeience in Nurseries, Greenhouses and field crops. Something has caused crop failures and poor production for the last 3 to 4 years in our area. Its not disease, fertility based or water related. Its either the seed or something has changed with the soil components. Ag services in our state refuse to test for anything other than the normal N.P.K and ph, which raises questions as to why they refuse. We have noticed stunted growth in many wild species of berries and fruits. Anyone else having simular problems?
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Old Today, 04:53 AM
 
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Haven't noticed that in VA. This year has been phenomenal for everything from blackberries to hydrangeas. Here the standard soil test includes calcium, magnesium, organic matter and so forth.

If your state's agricultural services refuse to provide information, it most likely is available under your state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In my state, for example, it is done by Virginia Tech. They will have a FOIA compliance officer.
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...... Something has caused crop failures and poor production for the last 3 to 4 years in our area. .....
What's your location?

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Old Today, 01:08 PM
 
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I've pretty much given up trying to grow a veggie garden here. Even the lawn starts looking unusually ragged by late summer. The difference is, I have a pretty good idea what the problem is. The only solution is a heavy duty, 10' solid board fence which plays havoc with the view!
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Old Today, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Meridian Township, MI
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Everything grows well where we are in Michigan. We have rich black soil here, and much of it loamy soils. What climate zone are you in and what state?

We planted everything suggested by a landscqpe architect and all is thriving. It was $700 well spent to know where to plant what on our 1/2 acre lot. Bumper crop of mushrooms every October as well. Are you planting items known to grow well in your area?

Here in Michigan, it rains on regular basis too, so no need to water often. We have so many different kinds of flowers throughout the neighborhoods here. In Texas, where I grew up and in CA where lived 25 years, had to drag the hose around a lot since never enough regular rain. In Texas, I grew every kind of rose available, tomatoes galore, watermelons and cantaloupes; in California, I grew mint, basil, cilantro, lemon and pear trees, and lots of geraniums and brugmansias. I miss having my Brugmansia trees the most - not suitable for zone 5B. The deer and the wild turkeys come through a lot, so not trying to grow hostas or vegetables. I keep my herb garden close to the kitchen growing in interior patio area.

You may want to have someone out to do some consulting if struggling. One thought is that our climate zones are constantly changing, so what had grown well before may not now. So much RoundUp in the soil or so much chlorine in the tap water could also be an issue. Do you use municipal water to water plants, or well water? I'm thinking about to re-activating a capped well we have on our land just for plant watering purposes.

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Old Today, 08:12 PM
 
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We planted everything suggested by a landscqpe architect and all is thriving. It was $700 well spent to know where to plant what on our 1/2 acre lot. Bumper crop of mushrooms every October as well. Are you planting items known to grow well in your area?
I would LOVE to find something like this in Northern VA. I have been gardening for a long time but I am stuck, or lazy or tired of experimenting.
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