I know how he feels.
Tomato Example #1:
Zucchini Example #1:
Tomato and Zucchini Examples #2:
Hmmm....there is something different here...wish I could spot what it is...
Holy Moly. Actually, I do know what the difference is, and it pains me. It pains me because I am usually someone who doesn't care what brand of something I get...I try to pretend that they are all the same. But in this case, the difference is a brand...Miracle Grow. All those years, I ignored/didn't believe the pictures of huge gardens that the Miracle Grow folks put in their adds.
Man, do I feel dumb(especially because I'm not a big enough blog to make any money off this confession.)
So...yeah. The first two pictures are the beds I did last year....I've hashed it out before, but it was the cheapest garden soil that Home Depot sold. I mixed in some chicken manure compost in the off season, hoping it would make a difference...but not much of one.
The surprising thing is that, it's not like the new beds are ALL Miracle Grow. They are 50% generic garden/top soil, and then 25% generic 'compost' and 25% Miracle Grow garden soil.
That is the only difference. The plants are plants I started from seed and then put in the ground at the same time...the beds get the same amount of water, and within percentage points of the same amount of light.
The evidence is even harder to ignore in my peppers.
The top ones are just beginning to flower...the ones in the container have 7 or 8 Anaheim Peppers just waiting for me to be brave enough to try homemade chile relleno's.
I am already thinking I am just going to rip out my struggling tomatoes, and start a couple of beans/kale for a fall crop.
After I mix in some Miracle Grow(which I am willing to test for free and review, if they want me too!)