Hi I'm a new member and new to gardening. I enjoy reading all the useful information.
This year I made two large containers out of cedar for some tomato plants. The containers are 6ft long 2ft wide 20" deep. I left 1/2" or larger gaps in the bottoms boards.
I filled container with a store bought soil containing a blend of compost, aged bark, peat and soil. This soil has an analysis of Typical Analysis: pH: 6.5 to 7.1
EC: 1.1 to 1.9 mS/cm
Organic Matter Content: 40% to 50% by weight
Air filled porosity: >20%
Total Porosity: >40%
Bulk Density: I dont understand what the above means.
I used one yard of this mix and one yard of composted pine bark and 3/4 of a big bag of perlite.
I planted a few tomatoes,carrots, onions and lettuce at the end of May. Tomatoes are skinny and a light green/yellow color with stunted growth. Carrots, onions and lettuce also seem stunted in growth.
I am not sure what I did wrong. Containers face south and get sun from sun up and then most day till latter in the afternoon. I use M.G. ultra bloom a little every time I water. The water is tap water that I let sit a few days to remove the chlorine.
Thanks in advavce for advice.