I have to say I have had gardens before, but this is a first year garden since we moved here a year ago. When my plants don't seem to be growing I have been side dressing them with the 10-10-10. It seems about every 2 weeks. I am having a hard time with my cucumbers being bitter. I am guessing its fertilizer, because after I fertilized they seemed to get better. I have been meaning to look it up.
I was just up at my little hardware store. I am trying to support the little guy when I can. They had a note on the door that they will be getting fall plants July 25th for Aug 1st planting. Cole crops broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts.... I was able to clean up the area where my lettuce and broccoli was and put in sweet potatoes. My white potatoes look like they are ready. I have to look up when to harvest those. I was cleaning up where the peas were and onions. I hope I will have enough space for the cole crops by the end of the month. I am debating about using the 1/2 decomposed straw chicken manure. It has some of their corn feed mixed in. My chickens are not feed commercial food. Its a mix I get special from a natural farm. If I didn't have the opportunity to get that feed I'd drive a little farther for the organic. I figure for the most part that if I let it decompose really well (maybe over winter) the corn will become dirt again and not give me a problem. I just don't know.