The Q&A Archives: Garden Problems

Question: I am an avid vegetable grower, last year I planted a garden and it seems that all I could get to grow was the green beans, peas and lettuce. For some reason, my tomatoes, peppers, radishes, okra, mellons. They were started in the house and then planted outside when the weather was best for planting them. It seems for some reason they did not want to produce fruit. What am I doing wrong? Every other time that I have had a garden they have always grown fruit, with exception from last year.
I am a new member of the National Home Gardening Club.

Answer: Based on your description it is impossible to diagnose the problems with your vegetables with any certainty, although when a variety of plants fail to do well it can often be attributed to either the weather (too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry...) or some sort of soil problem, or possbily a combination of both. Most vegetables do well in a rich, evenly moist soil well amended with organic matter. The best way to check your soil is to run some basic soil tests and then make any adjustments as indicated by the results. Your County Extension (535-7161) can help you with the tests and interpreting the results.

While I hope you enjoy your membership in the National Home Gardening Club, please note that there is no affiliation between that group and the National Gardening Association (

Good luck with your garden this year!

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