Hello all, this is my first post here as I didn't know where to turn.
I've had an in ground garden for a while. It has mostly miscellaneous items, such as a mint plants, lavender, it does have some basil which has grown well until recently, and parsley. That garden has done pretty well for a while until the bottom of the basil started getting yellow/white and wilting a bit.
However that is not the main issue. I expanded to multiple raised beds recently and have been having problems with what I believe are diseases. Pests seem to be pretty controlled now, I found two beetles that I got rid of and this unidentifiable green bug which I removed by hand. I do not see anything but what I believe are harmless ants on my tomatillo plant now and then for the flowers. I have to remain organic because I raise Monarch butterflies and I do not want too many chemicals around that area, nor in my food.
I live in South Florida and the bed gets 8-10 hours of direct sunlight a day. All of my newly transplanted plants started losing fruits constantly and then leaves. Often they turn yellow and I wake up and find a pile of them at the base of each plant. The soil was an "organic raised garden soil" purchased from Home Depot and I have been using an organic fertilizer once a month.
I have tried using Neem oil as directed recently when butterflies/bees are not around since it is toxic to them. I mixed the solution at the level the directions state and rinsed the plants immediately. Almost all of my plants were turning yellow before I applied the oil, and had white spots, outside of losing tons of fruit and leaves. The Neem oil seems to have eaten the disease and the leaves crisp and brown in certain spots after the Neem oil goes to work. Often they fall off.
I am currently sprouting root vegetables so I can practice crop rotation but it won't help much if I never get any crops! The two plants that seem to be doing well (and just started getting a bit of brown spot at the base leaves) are the poblano pepper plant and the jalapeno pepper plant.
Lastly, my tomatillo has grown gigantic and produces flowers but the fruits always fall off. I have not had one tomatillo from that gigantic plant. I've read that tomatillos like friends, is that the only thing I'm missing or is there something else I need to do in order to help it fruit?
Is there anything I can do for my garden to help the rest of it thrive? I will provide more information if needed but I can't think of what I might be leaving out.
Regards and sorry for the huge text.
The following hot peppers consist of : habanero, Scorpion Butch T, and Ghost peppers. I have a Carolina Reaper that is doing alright and just transplanted it. It's starting off much better than that poor habanero transplant pictured below.
Hot pepper 1
Hot pepper 2
Hot peppr 3
Newly transplanted habanero
Slight browning of the poblano leaves
Healthy poblano top
Huge tomatillo with some leaves starting to yellow and no fruits finishing