First time gardener overall - now that’s said.
I’ve been stuck in SoCal for a few months courtesy Covid, and have various gardening projects that started in this period.
The biggest failure is what my hosts expected to be the slam dunk - two fancy raised bed containers against the east-facing wall of the house.
NOTHING has grown in these. I’ve had zucchini, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, arugula, mustard, phew. Everything either yellows and does, or gets eaten by mysterious pests.
Meanwhile, I HAVE managed to grow almost all these same plants in other locations - some in old, ignored raised beds, some in cheap 5 and 10 gallon nursery pots, some in fabric containers.
I sprayed neem oil, soap, and a premixed (organic) pesticide - I think the stuff eating the lettuce stubs stopped, but the yellow/brown squash and pea killer is undeterred.
Sigh. Neighbor thinks the soil is infected - maybe fungus or something else. He said to chuck it and start over, but it’s a LOT of soil - so both a pain and expensive.
Some pics of my poor snow pea seedlings. And the stupid lettuce-eating devils.
These containers face the neighbor’s un-tended slope, and I suspect there’s just too much pestilence there, because the worst I had to deal with in any other spot was slugs and snails.
Or maybe it’s the soil as the neighbor says.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Help.