So, I began a new garden this year. I realized the apartment I was living in had a flat roof, and my landlord was okay with me building a garden on it, so I did it! Our building is taller than the surrounding buildings, and there are no tall trees nearby, so my plants get a tonne of sunlight. The only downside is that it gets quite windy. Many of my plants are growing very, very well, but some plants are not doing so hot, and others failed completely. I was wondering whether some of you could give me your thoughts on the failures. If it's something that I can fix, I'd rather not make the same mistake again. I water my garden once or twice per day. Every day.
I went over The Good in my last post, but here's where I need your help.
Spinach: my spinach were growing nicely as of a couple weeks ago, but last week, the leaves began to turn brown. There are two culprits that I could think of; the soil is too shallow or it's getting too much light. I planted the spinach in only 6 inches of soil. I figured that would be too shallow for fully grown spinach, but I was planning on harvesting them earlier than that, but I thought I'd still have some more time. Since there is nothing blocking the sun, my garden gets a lot of light. That may also be a problem. On a separate note, I planted eight pots of spinach, and in one of them, the spinach grew very yellow, right from the beginning. The other seven pots didn't have this problem. Does anyone have any idea about this?
Swiss chard: I'm having a very similar problem with my swiss chard as I am with spinach, but the swiss chard is in a larger pot. I'm wondering if the cause may be the same. The only thing is that I'm growing lettuce in the same type of pot as the swiss chard in the same part of the roof, but my lettuce is nice and big and looks great.
Squash: for the most part, my squash plant is doing spectacularly, but I noticed some of the outer leaves browning. It's in a nice deep raised bed, so could this be because it's getting too much light?
Beets: I've got a similar problem with my beets. They were fine until last week, but now the leaves are turning brown. They're in a nice deep container, about 12" of soil. Too much sun?
Carrots: My carrots WERE doing great. That is, until they were randomly beheaded and uprooted. There was a squirrel that frequented my garden, but I took down the vines on the side of the building, and it seems to have fixed that problem. Squirrels leave distinctive digging marks in the soil, but I didn't see that with the carrots (or elsewhere), and I wonder if it's a bird. We get seagulls, pigeons and sparrows. Does anyone else have any experience with birds going after their carrots?
Turnip and Kohlrabi: I'm having an identical problem with both, so I'll put them together. They are beginning to develop holes in their leaves. The holes aren't browning and the leaf looks good otherwise. I haven't seen any insects around them. Any thoughts?
Ok, this is where it gets bad.
Rhubarb: after week two, my rhubarb stopped growing. I dug up the root, and when I did, it was squish and just very unhealthy in general. I bought some more rhubarb from the local nursary.
Berries (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, tayberry (loganberry/raspberry cross)): I had the strawberry and raspberry from a previous garden, but I bought the blackberry and tayberry from a farm in the fall, and planted them immediately. Come spring, they don't re-awaken. My raspberry eventually did, but it only has a few leaves, and hasn't grown much in the past two weeks. I eventually dug up the blackberry and tayberry, and the farmer was nice enough to give me other ones. When I dug them up, I saw no evidence of root growth. The strawberries (neither plant survived) and raspberry were fine the previous season! To make the matter even more puzzling, the gooseberry I purchased from the same farm is doing magnificently. Are there any ideas about this puzzler?