I live in Queensland, Australia. I built some raised vege gardens a couple of years ago. We have fairly acid soil, so I added dolomite, and also several large bags of an organic compost/fertiliser mix (can't remember exactly what it was, but research indicated that it was ideal for veges).
I planted several seedlings including several types of tomatoes, sweet corn, herbs, etc. Many years ago I had a vege garden in the same spot and had wonderful success with the same plants. This time I was very disappointed with little or no yields.
I am currently waiting for a new large compost heap to do it's thing before adding it to the plots. Hopefully I will have better result once I add the compost.
Any help to get a better result would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
One thing I have noticed in my vege plots is that you can fully soak the ground, but scratch the surface and it's powder dry 20mm (3/4") below the surface. The soil is not heavy, and is fairly sandy.
How can I improve it's wetability? (Is that a word? )