Suggestions as to why my garden just won't grow?
Hello! I'm new to the forum and new to vegetable gardening. I live in CT and am planting a vegetable garden for the second time. I have had success growing most flowers in my yard, but my veggie garden failed miserably last year. The area gets about 5 hours of sunlight so we figured that it was the soil. We raised the bed this year (8" cedar planks), and had a 50/50 soil mix delivered. The garden is also fenced.
We started some plants from seed; others we bought. So far, I have a couple of scrawny beans, about a dozen dying squash plants that have more flowers than leaves (most of my friends' squash leave are bigger than my entire plant!), NO greens (not a one would grow - we tried lettuce, kale, and swiss chard), watermelon plants that have not grown a millimeter and appear ready to die, and very haggard cukes. I am forgiving of the tomatoes and peppers as it really has not been warm enough for them to grow. My soybeans, however, are my shining spot in the garden and seem to be doing OK.
I seem to be having the same results as I did last year (when nothing grew but just shriveled up and died). Are they not getting enough light? Do I need to fertilize? Could I have a bacteria in the soil and not realize it? Should I replant or just wait it out? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.