FRUSTRATED in the California High Desert
I have been trying to grow a garden in the desert for 3 seasons now. I finally resorted to the "easy" way and did container gardening for all my veggies such as tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers, etc. I bought the inexpensive container soil for veggies at home depot. The plants all just seem stagnate. It's been about a month, and I swear it looks like they havent' grown an inch. The tomatoe and pepper blooms just fall off. The last few days, the tomatoe leaves are starting to turn yellowish. I am making sure to not over water. The okra I started from seed, are about 3 inches and it's been 5 to 6 weeks since they sprouted. I did not fertilize... could that be the problem? I thought bagged soil would be OK. Most of the plants have shade cloth as it gets around 100 degrees and the sun is always out. No shade on okra as I know they thrive with heat and full sun. Please, please - any suggestions? What do you think is going wrong?