Soil Problems
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garden soil problem

Zone Orillia, Ontario, Canada. L3V 2T2 | HEATHER MATTHEWS added on June 26, 2017 | Answered

2 years ago in the fall I put mainly maple leaves on my garden soil and rotortilled them in, in the fall and worked them through again in the spring. However the leaves had black spots on them and now I am wondering if this is what is causing me problems now. Last year my cucumbers did not produce near as many as I usually get. This year my new plants are dying off nearly as soon as I plant them. A couple of days and they are completely dead. It seems to be mainly the cucumbers that it has effected. If you think this is my problem what do you suggest I try to remedy the situation?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 27, 2017

A soil test is a good way to see what nutrients your soil has or is in need of.
Your County Extension Office can help you with a soil test for just a few dollars.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

What are your plants dying from? Is it disease, pests? Are there markings on the plants and their leaves? Does the soil drain well?
I would not use infected leaves in the garden, it is best to dispose of.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-garden-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/mulching-with-leaves.htm

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HEATHER MATTHEWS
Answered on June 28, 2017

I think you are likely right and this is the route I should take and then I will know for sure what is too high or lacking as the case may be. Thanks for your suggestion.

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HEATHER MATTHEWS
Answered on June 28, 2017

Thanks for the advise. I will never use leaves on my garden again. The soil is very well drained and we have had a garden for many years and usually, we supply the whole neighborhood with cucumbers, but not anymore. We are lucky to get enough for our own table. There is no sign of disease. The plants once transplanted just keep going down hill and shrivel up until they are completely dead, but they are getting enough water as we have had cucumber plants for at least 20 years and never had a problem like this.

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