Yellowing, ants and stunted growth.

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  1. Rodeo's Bud

    Rodeo's Bud Well-Known Member

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    I was able to plant one if my raised beds a month and a half early. Didn't use any cover except some lightweight weed cloth a few nights when frost was possible.

    4'x16' beds. Ran in 4 foot rows.

    I expected some stunting, especially with the summer crops. It was an experiment and I was impatient.

    The problem I am having now is I have in the same rows, such a different growth rate and health.

    Same plants, some are going like gangbusters and some are yellowing and dieing.

    I did pull an ants nest out this morning, which I knew was an issue. They ate a few squash seedlings just as they came up. I was finally able to pinpoint it and nuke it.

    So could ants be the issue? Pictures show it. Same row a few feet apart and completely different results.

    I do know the dirt isn't as good as last year, so I have switched suppliers for the rest of the beds and it seems better.

    So main questions. Can ants, little red ants, cause these issues? Too early planting, bad dirt, or just the mysteries of the plant world?

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  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    are there aphids on the undersides of the stunted plants? Where I live the ants will gather up the aphids and keep them on a couple of plants in order to have a convenient source of honeydew
     
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    Rodeo's Bud Well-Known Member

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    I though that might be the issue when they ate the first seedlings, but I didn't see any. I literally watched them chow down and was able to get video.

    I'll look closer this afternoon and see if I missed them.
     
  4. stacieh

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    I would try maybe a little fish emulsion fertilizer; if that doesn't help maybe the roots were damaged by ants or another insect. Sometimes, it's just easier to rip them out and replant I've found (mysteries of the garden lol).