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What's going on with all this veg??? (2nd Earlies, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Peas)

  • 09-07-2024 2:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 39

    Having such bad luck this year, even with crop that was very successful last year!

    Can anyone identify what might be going wrong with the below:

    Second Earlies: Planted in very early April, seemed to be going well, but now they're yellowing, not going any further (compared to the main crop which was planted much later and is much healthier and taller). I dug up 3 plants and they gave very very few potatoes and very small.

    Courgettes: had the best courgettes last year, but now they seem to start developing and then they start rotting, some rotting, some have some kind of mould on them. So far I got one good fully grown courgette out of the plant.

    Cucumbers: not sure if anything is wrong, but they don't look right? They're hard to the touch, but they look wrinkly. Maybe they need to keep growing?

    Peas: had a great crop last year and have a few plants again, the others going well but one suddenly turned yellow


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,036 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    It's been colder this year, lots of rain and very little sun?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,697 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    The only common factor, to me, is waterlogged soil.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,121 ✭✭✭10-10-20

    I'd have to agree.

    I'm not a potato grower (except for a few escapes from the compost bin), but I do wonder if the yellowing leaves suggests a lack of nitrogen?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,768 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    After just reading the title my answer was going to be "The Weather" this year. After reading the whole post my answer is still "The Weather".

    Post edited by The Continental Op on

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,448 ✭✭✭✭looksee

    Agreed. I only have peas and strawberries, in a raised bed, and they are dismal.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39 Julia_G

    I was thinking this too, but there is good drainage everywhere, so I'm not sure:( Some of these are in a polytunnel and some outside, so different environments too.

    I hope it is 'the weather' as the other posters say and not something dreadful I did :))

  • Registered Users Posts: 39 Julia_G

    Thank you, I'll investigate! They are well fed with manure, so I would expect them to have a good nutritious balance, but will have a google….

  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭Babyreignbow

    The ground wouldn't necesarily have to be waterlogged, even with good drainage the amount of rain nutrients just get flushed out. It's been fairly dry here for the last month or so, even with the few spells of rain we've had the ground is taking its time soaking it in and where there's grass it's still yellowing, despite all the rain earlier in the year. Maybe the constant soaking over the winter into spring has left everything nutrient deficient. I'm not growing any fruit or veg this year but feel like I'm feeding the flowers all the time and any slow release stuff I put in over spring seems to not have lasted or has been washed out. On top of that slugs have been a nightmare this year.

    If a thousand suns were to rise
    and stand in the noon sky, blazing,
    such brilliance would be like the fierce
    brilliance of that mighty Self.”

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,205 ✭✭✭✭Furze99

    Every year is different, what does well some years often not so well in others. What variety of spuds have you got? I haven't grown any this year as disappointed with return in last couple. Grown more onions and greens.

  • Registered Users Posts: 584 ✭✭✭Mr321

    It looks like blight. Some parts of ireland have been hit harder with blight then others already this year.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,602 ✭✭✭MacDanger

    The spuds look like blight to me also

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,401 ✭✭✭✭Supercell

    I've had courgettes in the past like that, its 100% caused by damp. They need to be watered but they also need sun, they don't like being wet for long, a delicate balance in Ireland outside. Not growing this year but i suspect if I had they would have been like yours again

    A couple of my mangetout plants looks like that but overall they are doing OK, i always have a few yellowing plants of those though.

    Overall its been damp and cloudy a lot of the time so far this summer so lots of bugs in the air i guess.

    Have a weather station?, why not join the Ireland Weather Network -

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,406 ✭✭✭dathi

    Blossom end rot is caused by lack of calcium in the fruits. Calcium deficiency reduces cell membrane permeability and this leads to swelling of the cells followed by leakage and destruction of the membrane structure. There is also a reduction in growth of new cells. This causes the characteristic dark, sunken areas.

    courgette blossom end rot the above is taken from rhs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,768 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    That would be the reason in good weather but cold and damp will do the same.

    Wake me up when it's all over.