This is the second year we have tried to garden and have very poor success. The seeds don’t germinate well and plants are puny a
nd spinley. We ise oak leaves and bags of soil. Whats wrong
I would start with a soil test; this will give you information on possible amendments that your soil needs.
Your County Extension Office can help you with this and it generally only cost a few dollars.
Then I would make a list of plants you would like to grow and then start a bit of research on these plants and what their needs are.
Try to start with a few vegetable plants; don't overwhelm yourself with too many varieties all at once!
Consider gardening with raised beds! A great way to control your soil and nutrients!
Even container gardening is a great way to get started!
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