Why are my plants growing so slow?
Thank you for taking the time to read my message. I am a new gardener and I would like to learn more by reaching out to the Masters! I have flower and veggie plots at my home in Roseville that receive shade to partial sun. I know that shade is not ideal for veggies, but I found the sunniest plot in the yard in hopes that I could raise some of my own veggies. I started a lot of my veggies (onion, beans, squash, etc.) and flowers (calendula, cosmos, nasturtium, etc.) from seed indoors and transplanted outdoors. I also planted some shade-loving perennials (Jacob's ladder, bee balm, wild ginger, etc.) that I bought from the farmers market. However, everything seems to be growing so incredibly slow and I cannot figure out why. This is my first year living in the home and it was not cared for previously. In late winter, I mulched the plots with partially degraded leaf material from our compost and had the soil tested at the U. The results indicated that the soil barely had any natural nitrogen and had moderate potassium. The organic matter was 7.5% and the soil was described as course. The phosphorus was extremely high. I did not test for micro nutrients. To amend the soil, I added the recommended amount of N and K that was suggested for growing veggies. I used a blend of blood meal and Langbeinite to amend the soil and I am pretty confident in my calculations given the percents of N and K in each product. All the plants seem to be growing so slow (the veggies, flowers, and perennials I purchased from the market). The only plants seemingly well are the hostas which were already established in the yard. So my overarching question is: why are my plants growing so slow? Thank you so much and I look forward to receiving your response. Kindly, Hannah