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I think I Made a Mistake With The 2018 Garden

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Several years ago I had a bonfire in the field behind my house. We talked about this in the transplanting pepper plants thread.

I found out if there is too much potash (potassium) in the soil, the potash will prevent the uptake of nitrogen to the plant. To counter this, use a high nitrogen fertilizer which makes the soil more acidic.

Just about everything I planted in this patch of soil has not grown.

Potatoes - rotted in the ground

Purple hull peas - dd not come up.

Snap beans - did not come up.

Pepper plants - most died and others are not growing.

I am going to move over and replant everything in an area not affected by the bonfire.


For 2019, I am thinking about planting the area with corn, and using a very high nitrogen fertilizer. The high nitrogen should turn the soil slightly acidic.
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You should still be able to get hot peppers to set when you replant. When night time temps get into the 80s and daytime temps are in the 90s, pollen will become sterile and the flowers will drop off the plants because they don't pollinate.

Plant the quickest maturing varieties you can get.
 
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