Seedling growth slowing post-transfer

pschwartzAugust 10, 2014

Forgive the novice question; I am relatively new to gardening. I grew a bunch of veggies/herbs from seed and most of them did well, grew to seedlings within a few weeks. At around week 4, I transferred them to a big planter box (about 9x5) and since the transfer (about 3 weeks ago), several of the seedlings have slowed down almost completely. The broccoli, in particular, looks like it's about to die and hasn't grown at all. I have onions, thyme, oregano, rosemary, lettuce & spinach as well. And all have pretty much shown 0 growth. The soil mix was 50% topsoil & 50% organic compost. Am I missing some key nutrients?

I live in Oakland so the temps have been consistent. They get excellent sun.

Thanks for any insights/advice you can offer.

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

It doesn't sound like your planting medium is good for container gardening. The topsoil and compost holds too much moisture and is effectively drowning the plants. You will need to look into a "potting" mixture.

Second a majority of what you listed are 'cool' weather crops (you can google that) and will do better in the spring and fall before it gets really hot.

Good luck


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