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How to help the tomato and beans plants to produce good-sized veggies?
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Sudha Balachandran
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January 25, 2013 - 3:05 pm
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Hi,

I have been inspired by the posts in this blog and have started growing beans,radish and tomato in pots. I was overjoyed when the beans plant started flowering and turned into teeny weeny beans. The problem is the beans do not grow beyond an inch or two.  What do I need to do to help my beans plant to produce good quality beans?  The plant has good amount of sunlight, and water.  I add compost (home made - using kitchen waste) to the soil once a month.

What am I missing here?  Is there something else that I need to add?  Also, when I see photos of GG's radish and  spinach plants that have lush foliage, I am at a loss, because my radish plants look pathetic.

As for the tomato plant,  3 to 4 flowers turned into very small fruits - I consoled myself thinking that possibly mine was a cherry tomato plant.  But the same can't be said of the beans! 

Please suggest remedies from your own gardening experience. 

Thanks!

Sudha

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Srikanth
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Hi Sudha,

 

I am currently growing all three of them and they all are doing pretty good. Could it be possible the compost is too little for your plants/container? Some of my bean plants (bush beans) did not grow big and hence they are not bearing good beans. How big are your plants and do they look healthy? If you can post a picture that would help a lot in identifying the problem.

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Sudha Balachandran
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Hi Srikanth,

Thanks for your post.  I will take a couple of photos and post them soon. As you pointed out, it could be the lack of nourishment in the compost...possibly has something to do with the NPK balance of the soil as well.

Thanks once again,

Sudha

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malini
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Hi sudha,

Though we apply organic compost,i feel vegetables do need an extra dose of fertilizers at regular intervals throughout their growth.

iam applying organic compost too ,but I feel that alone is not sufficient for the plants,especially  for the veg plants whose growth period is short but energy requirement is more.

regards,

malini

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Sudha Balachandran
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Thanks Malini!

 

What fertilizer do you suggest for the plants?  Would each of them require a different fertilizer or can one common fertilizer be applied to all?  I bought this bottle of Bioenzyme which is supposed to enhance growth and yield.   Will this be good enough?

 

Thanks for your inputs!

Sudha

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Hi sudha,

 I apply liquid fertilizer(miracle grow,bloom) once a week for the vegetables.I think the bioenzyme helps in releasing the nutrients in the soil.I haven't used it but I guess trying in a small portion to see the effects on plants will teach us more.The basic requirements for all the plants are NPK along with micronutrients.for leafy vegetables and for any vegetables in the initial growth stage,fertilizer with more N ratio is a must.In the flowering and fruiting stage,more of potash is required.Npk ratio will be different in different fertilizers.

Iam more in favour of organic fertilizers but in my experience chemical fertilizers do help the plants in quick,good yield.I do use panchagavya when iam able to get it. 

malini 

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Sudha Balachandran
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Thanks again Malini!  Will visit a store and get hold of the fertilizers..

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Raja Gopala Rao
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hi everybody

i am having 3 tomato plants in cocopeat. one plant in soil.The one in soil started to flower early gave three tomatoes after there is no flowering. the plants in cocopeat flowered only after one month.

i added Ground nut cake(cake obtained after extraction of ground nut oil) the one in soil started to grow without flowers the ones in cocopeat started flowering now 

on alternative weeks i am spraying panchagavya and neemoil.

now the plants are healthy i am waiting for the fruits i will post the photoes later. 

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