raised bed gardening problems
Hi. I'm no stranger to vegetable gardening, having grown vegetables in raised beds for several successful years at our former home. However, after moving to a new location within the same town, my first try with raised bed veggie gardening has been difficult to put it lightly. I dug out part of the lawn in front and installed two raised redwood beds which I filled with a planting mix from the local nursery. I mixed well with the existing heavy clay soil, waited two or three weeks and planted. This was last fall, so I planted the usual fall crops for southern CA: Carrots, green onions, lettuce, broccoli, kale, etc. From the get go, everything suffered. The plants yellowed, the green onions sprouted and then stopped growing, the chard and carrots did the same. Some things like the kale and collards struggled and then finally took off and the lettuce was great from the get go. It seemed like there was no rhyme or reason to what stuff did well and what did not. So... come spring, I amended the soil, turned it over well, and then planted bean seeds, tomato, basil, chiles, and cucumbers. the same thing happened again! seedlings sprouted, grew a bit, and then stopped growing. The pole beans grew a foot and then yellowed and stopped growing. The chiles are 6 inches tall and yellowing. The basil is improving, the strawberries look terrible. The soil dries quick at the surface but 12 inches under it is clay and damp. Help!?