Last year we converted our front yard to a raised bed garden, with 5 4 x 20ft beds. We purchased a compost/manure/soil mix from a local landscape company to fill the beds.
We planted a variety of vegetables and herbs over the season. Lettuce, arugula, beans, tomatoes, chard, spinach, purple-hulls, cukes and a variety of herbs. Pretty agressive for novices!
Everything grew. Herbs did exceptionally well. Sungold tomatoes were delicious, southern peas spectacular. But the leafy veggies, like the chard, although they seemed to be strong and healthy, had deep glossy growth and excellent taste, were miniature. The chard didnt get more than 6" tall; spinch barely 3".
I have planted some kale this spring but it looks like we have the same problem. Granted the kale is the Dwarf Curled variety but they are only reaching 3 "'s tall! Fordhook giant chard, is 4" at best.
Any thoughts? Why would I have this kind of issue?