newbie 511 mixer problems/ bark and nitrogen?
I'm trying out the 511 mix for the first time this year and am having some problems. As you can see from the pictures below, I planted cucumber and eggplant at the same time in the 511 mix and a commercial potting mix.
The non 511 mix plants are doing much better than the 511 mix plants. These pictures are taken after about 2 weeks in the ground. I use the recommended Foilage Pro 1x a week full dose fertilizer regiment though I skipped the first week.
I also have bean plants that are in the 511 mix that are very healthy. Which leads me to my next question. Some farmers at the farmers market mentioned that bark naturally repels nutrients especially nitrogen? Anyone else hear of this? The yellow leaves on my eggplant seem to indicate nitrogen deficiency. Should I fertilize with FP every watering?
Any other recommendation would be greatly appreciated,