I'm attempting my first vegetable garden and am getting very frustrated!
I have two large, plastic raised beds that I put on top of a concrete slab that was already in my backyard when I bought the house eight years ago. I filled them with gardening soil that was purchased from Home Depot which specifically said it was for vegetable gardening.
I planted cabbage, chives, swiss chard, and snow peas from seedlings
that I purchased at Osh. I also planted carrots from seeds
The swiss chard and snow peas thrived, but the rest of the veggies never got any bigger than they were when I planted them! The carrots came up, but three months later, were only about an inch tall.
I went away on vacation and didn't have anyone to water for me, so I gave away my chard plants. When I returned, I bought a different type of carrot seed
and some radish seeds
and tried again. This time, I was diligent about watering them every, single day, because last time, I would miss a day or two now and then and I was suspicious that that was the reason my garden wasn't growing
But now it's been two more months, and my carrots and radishes are still only about an inch or two tall.
What do you think is the problem?
Here are some factors in play:
1. We live in a pretty foggy area (but some of my friends who live in my town, but in an even foggier area have been successfully growing
the same varieties of the same vegetables. That's how I knew my veggies were behind in their growth, because other people's are so much bigger than mine!)
2. About once a week, some critter comes into my garden and digs some holes. I'm not sure what it is, but I've seen raccoons, opossums, and skunks in my yard. It doesn't usually tear up the whole garden and doesn't seem to eat any of the plants. Just digs holes that tear up a few (but not all) of my sprouts. I plan to rig up a chicken-wire fence around the boxes to try to keep the little stinker out!
3. As I mentioned, the boxes are placed on a concrete pad. I was wondering if the concrete is somehow leaching into the soil and contaminating it or taking away it's nutrients. But my beds are pretty tall and I've read online of other people being successful growing
veggies on a concrete pad.
I'm really frustrated and upset, because I've put a lot of money, time and effort into the garden and I don't want to give up yet! But I'm totally at a loss as to why my plants don't grow. I've always had luck with indoor and outdoor plants, so it's not like I have a brown thumb.
Does anyone have any advice? I would be SO grateful if you could help me with this mystery!