Problems with 4x8 raised beds
I've been struggling with my 4x8 raised beds to grow veggies ever since I put them in -- they are 2 feet off the ground and therefore filled with lots of soil. The idea here was to keep the dog and the toddler out. I have tried multiple soil/compost/etc combinations with little success. The basic problem is, seeds will sprout and then stop, not exactly dying, but not growing either. Things in the ground grow many times faster than in my raised beds. Currently, I have a high level of top soil mixed with compost, some pumice, and probably some old peat moss -- this was based on a nursery worker's advice, as my soil wasn't holding moisture for long. I also feed the boxes every 6 weeks or so. I live in Southern CA and water every morning to make sure they stay moist -- any ideas? I'm so frustrated and ready to throw in the towel with the boxes. TIA!