My vegetables are not growing

(Question)

Hi, I live in Woodbridge . My vegetable garden has tomatoes but they are taking forever to ripen . My bell peppers and hot banana pepper plant are turning yellow and the eggplant is not growing, is yellow, had two flowers but they fell too. What should I do? The carrots are doing good. What is Epsom salt and how to use it?
Kind regards

(Answer)

Depending on the size and variety of the tomato plants that you planted in your garden, your tomatoes should start to ripen within the next several weeks. You should continue to water them regularly especially during these hot dry days that we are now experiencing. Fertilizing a couple of times this month will also help increase your yield as the season progresses. Peppers and eggplant are often not the easiest vegetable to grow. You can find some good guidelines on how to grow them here.

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. It is generally used for magnesium deficiency in soil and is applied at a rate of 1 tablespoon/pail of water. Without doing a soil test it is difficult to recommend this as a solution to your problems. Magnesium deficiency is most commonly caused by heavy irrigation or rainfall leaching magnesium from the soil. Poor uptake of magnesium can also be caused by excess of other nutrients in the soil. Plants suffering from magnesium deficiency will have yellow leaves.  If however you don’t have a magnesium problem you could contaminate the soil and possibly damage the plants.