What's is wrong ...Beets, spinach, chard stop growing at about 1-2 inches tall? - Knowledgebase Question

Western WA
Question by Tambra
August 23, 2017
Live in Pacific NW. Grow veggies in 4x8 ft slightly raised beds. Other things grow fine. Moved here 3 years ago. Seems these did fine first year of growing, and have just stopped last 2 years. Tried several times, several seasons, and in different beds. Thoughts???

North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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A comment from tx_flower_child
August 24, 2017
Just curious. How are you planting — sowing seeds or transplanting from store bought plants? If seeds, is there a 'Use By' date? (I know, these dates are not always accurate.)
By chance were you expecting these veggies to return or did you plant anew each year?
Please think carefully about everything you did over the past 3 years. Make a list. And include what you can about the weather. For example, any dramatic changes as in really hot one year and maybe really rainy another year. You might be able to solve this on your own. Or it might help others to help you.

Western WA
A comment from Tambra
August 24, 2017
Always by seeds. Most new seeds from Territorial, but tried some from previously year too. My daughter planted my same spinach seeds this year and she had some spinach, but not me. Our weather is rather temperate here, but we actually had several snow covered ground days this past winter, but none the year before. I journal, so nothing really outrageous stands out for weather, besides occasional variances, that are seen occasionally (like we had a week 90+ this year).

Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
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Answer from Altheabyanothername
August 24, 2017

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Western WA
A comment from Tambra
August 24, 2017
Because our weather is so temperate, I usually planted these crops very end of Feb/early March (when daffodils show up). I assume the nematodes you are mentioning are not the same as you can buy "for the garden."

N. Ohio (Zone 5b)
A comment from Tisha
August 24, 2017
What amendments did you add to refresh the growing medium in the raised beds?

Western WA
A comment from Tambra
August 24, 2017
A light dose of granulated 10-10-10 fertilizer at beginning of year, ...added in when we turn over the bed and mix in our well composted soil from bottom of our bin, all in preparation for the spring plantings.

Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
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A comment from Altheabyanothername
August 24, 2017

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