I'm in New England and grow your basic vegetables; - tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, etc - mostly from store-bought sprouts.
And every year I apply, and turn in, composted cow manure several weeks before planting time - 40 lbs per 100 sq ft. I also mix in whatever compost I have available (not lots) from my compost pile.
But is that too much? Should I skip a season, or do less? The guy at the garden center suggested that. He felt I might be slowing down plant growth or reducing 'flowering'.
I generally get what I think is a good harvest although maybe I'm suppressing it without knowing it. The only real problem I've had is sometimes a batch of pepper plants barely grow more than a foot tall and don't yield any fruit.
Any Comments? Thanks!