Re: PLEASE, I need help with my crazy VINCA'S!

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Posted by Newt on August 12, 2003 at 08:48:47:

In Reply to: Re: PLEASE, I need help with my crazy VINCA'S! posted by Patricia on August 10, 2003 at 15:15:33:

: You know something, I think you are right. I went out almost a week ago and was pulling some weeds and grass away from the flower bed and smelled a sewer type smell. I also discovered some green around some of the dirt and my retaining wall brick so my guess is that I was watering and not allowing the soil to dry some and then a fungus of some type began to grow. I think I need to do what you suggest and not water but once or twice a week at most. It gets very very hot here. the days lately have been 101 - 105 degrees and everything dries out so fast. I don't have a problem with my potted plants because the soil dries out everyday but there is so much soil in a flower bed not to mention the fact that there is wood chips in there that I am guessing is just helping to retain moisture. I have not put any more miracle grow out for a couple of weeks or so either. You had mentioned it was synthetic, is there something that you know of that is better? Thanks so much for your response, I am definatly going to be watering less!
: Patricia from Texas

Hi Patricia,
Glad I could help. At least you now know what is causing the problem. :-) For a natural, organic fertilizer, I would suggest using either a top dressing with compost or you can use a compost tea to water with, sea kelp or fish emulsion. For info on compost tea and organic fertilizers, take a look here.

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/soil/2000052708003930.html
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06220.htm

Best of luck,
Newt


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