Can you folks help me understand what I did wrong ?
I have several things to ask questions about regarding my raised bed.This is my first 1 as I have always wanted 1 and things worked out that I got the materials and so forth to finally have 1.
I will explain the construction and such.
It is 4 foot wide by 14 feet long. Built with 2x12s and such.It has about 2 foot deep of organic materials in it.
It contains rotted ground up trees from 5 years ago,ground up leaves about 12 years old. 12 year old rotted horse manure, ashes from my wood stove, Perlite ,the white stuff for retaining moisture, pine sawdust that was fresh about February of 2015,not much was put in,
creek sand, compost made in my com poster that had ground up corn stalks,and don't know what all else was thrown in it but it was black and rotted.Some top soil was put in,peat moss was put in,a full bag, seems I am leaving out something.
Anyway, I checked the ph of the soil awhile ago with my little meter from Ebay and it was 7.5.
Moisture was about 5.The soil is very warm and moist about 2 inches below the surface and there is earth worms in there so big I thought they were snakes at first!
The bed gets about 6 to 7 hours of morning and early afternoon sun.
Early in the spring everything looked great.My cabbage was super,my lettuce grew well,my onions came up nice. I kept the stuff watered best I could. We do have a drought but with watering,that should help.
But it went down hill. First my cabbage got full of holes. it is ruined. I pulled it up awhile ago.
If it is a bug,how in the world can I apply anything to the cabbage that wont wind up in my Slaw? First cabbage I tried to grow,so perhaps something I did wrong?
The carrots have been planted since april 20th or so, they are not but about 3 inches tall. Should I just pull them up?
The radishes,never got round at the bottom,just grew up tall and long.They were from Burpee and it was seed tape,so spacing and depth were right.
The onions got about the size of a grape and the tops died,so I ate them with salads.I had planted Stuttgart and sweets, shoulda grew big.
The leaf lettuce, I got 4 salads worth and it withered up and died.
The shallots, came up nice,died and rotted.
I just transplanted a couple Roma tomato plants in where the cabbage was that I had in pots. Maby they will do better.