The tomatoes that were planted a couple of months ago were root bound and had to be transplanted. While the tomatoes were being transplanted, I went ahead and planted the okra seeds we had germinated
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For those of you who do not know what root bound means; simply put, the pot is too small for the plant. The roots need more room than what the pot provides. The solution is to either transplant the plant into a larger pot, or plant the plant in the ground.
There were other issues:
- The roots were getting too hot.
- The pot was not holding enough moisture for the plants to grow.
Tomatoes are heat sensitive. They typically die when the heat of the summer kicks in. However, if the tomatoes can be moved to partial shade to keep them from getting too hot, they may last a little longer.
With the tomatoes being root bound, the roots were right up against the edge of the pot. During the hottest part of the day the tips of the roots may have been around 90 degrees, maybe even hotter.
To resolve this issue, the tomatoes were replanted in the garden with the peppers, beans and okra.
A shovel was used to dig a hole around the same size as the pot the tomatoes were in. The tomato plant was removed from the pot by laying the pot on its side and gently working the tomato plant out of the pot.
Gently pick the plant up, and while supporting the root ball, and place into the hole.
A handful of 13-13-13 fertilizer was spread in the hole.
Fill the hole with water. Fertilizer is water-soluble. Adding on top of the fertilizer will help it break down.
A garden tiller was used to work up two rows around 30 feet long. 13-13-13 fertilizer was spread along the rows. Then a garden rake was used to cover the fertilizer with a layer of dirt.
The germinated okra was planted just under the surface at a depth of less than 1/2 inch. The okra was planted so it would not shade the other plants, such as the tomatoes and peppers.
Okra is a hot weather crop and should bear until the first frost.
When I replanted the garden with new peppers I spread some 13-13-13 along the row. However, I may not have used enough fertilizer. The pepper plants are growing, but barely.
Then again, we have gone a month without rain. The only water the garden as got is from a water hose and water pumped from the creek.
While I was working in the okra and tomatoes, I tilled along the row of peppers, spread more 13-13-13, worked it into the soil, then watered heavily. I probably need to water the garden heavily over the next few days to make sure the 13-13-13 is washed into the soil
The garden is a month behind schedule. During March, which is my usual month to plant, we were getting rain every couple of days. The peas, potatoes and beans that were planted rotted in the ground.
When the rain stopped, it stopped. From the middle of April until the middle of May, we have had barely a drop of rain fall. The only way the garden has survived is by pumping water from the creek to the garden.
The peppers and okra do well in hot weather. Hopefully at least those two will produce until winter arrives. Now if I could get a little bit of rain. If I could get a nice drizzling rain the garden would probably take off.