Hello. I'm new here, did a search but don't seem to see any obvious answer to my question.
I have been using raised beds for about 15 years (3 different residences). The soil is made with peat moss/sand/compost/vermiculite with organic nutrients/lime/compost added yearly.
For the past 2 growing seasons I just can't get my tomatoes or cucumbers to do well, although in all other past seasons they were my prized crops and one of the reasons I love vegetable gardening. (Easy, prolific, tasty, etc...)
The following is basically what happens:
The vines are stunted (Used to grow past the top of my 7 foot trellis), now I'm lucky if they make it 2 feet.
They dry up and die off from the bottom up
The fruits I do get are completely mishapen, curly, ultra fat on one end, etc.
(This is pretty much the case with the tomatoes, except the fruits seem to be fine.)
I grow fabulous peppers, beans, onions, garlic, herbs and squash in the same soil.
There does not appear to be any beetles or aphids of any kind. No detectable fungus.
I generally plant transplants from the garden center, whatever variety happens to be available and looks interesting, so usually differnt varieties every year.
I do not really rotate the tomato/cuke crops as my trellises are located on the north side of the garden, but I do thoroughly turn the soil each year. Next year I do plan on moving them to a different spot.
Last year I chocked it up to the weather, but this year has been great, a bit dry, but I make sure I water deeply as needed during dry spells.
My guess is I have some sort of disease in the soil? Any idea what and how to get rid of it?
Yesterday I drove by a vegetable farm and they had huge, full, lush green tomato and cucumber plants and it got me to thinking what is wrong with mine lately! Sorry so long! Just trying to give as much info as possible because I am about to convert my raised beds to a flower garden!
Thanks so much for any insights or ideas! Maybe I can post some pictures later today.