My garden is dying!
IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been composting as long as IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been gardening. We put in raised beds 3 years ago and the garden has gone from lush and productive to scrawny and weak. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s only 80 degrees outside but I have to use shade cloth because everything wilts drastically even though the moisture level is adequate. Every day IÃ¯Â¿Â½m finding plants keeled over from weakened stems. One particular bed is worse than the others, everything is stunted. I tested the soil and itÃ¯Â¿Â½s really screwed up. It showed the ph level as fine, but an overabundance of potash and phosphorus, and NO nitrogen Ã¯Â¿Â½ which is odd because we have chickens and I compost their droppings along with pine shavings. The compost tested very high in nitrogen.
Just last year we put in top soil, which I mixed with the compost. In some areas it is so compacted itÃ¯Â¿Â½s like concrete. I thought compost loosens and aerates :(
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m very discouraged and confused as to what I need to do to get my soil healthy again. Any help is greatly appreciated!