First it was fertilizer burn death for about 3/4 of my seedlings, then it was a flooded out plot, then it was scorchingly arid weather followed by constant tornado watches and warnings... It hasn't been a good year for gardening here in SE Michigan, atleast not in my yard!!!
But, the good news is it can always be rectified. First, some vinegar to kill off the massive amounts of weeds that have accumulated thanks to bird seed we put out in the feeders. Wait 2 weeks, add manure and other compost, then cover for the winter. I am hoping between killing off the weeds (with natural elements of course!) and adding a ton of compost, we will have better result next year. I also believe some sand is needed to allow for a little better drainage even though it is a 6" deep raised bed that was tilled deeply beneath it.
So far all I have gotten are a handful of beans, although I do have a few green cherry tomatoes hanging on the plant and several flowers on the one whole cuke vine that survived. I happened to have planted my peas a little late (first year for those) but I do have some coming out on the few vines I have.
All that said, it's a HUGE harvest out at my Dad's farm this year. Tomato plants hung heavy, plenty of squash and melons and tons of peppers! For the whole month of June he really wasn't even tending them much and still this result! I need to get ahold of some of that magic soil! Even the wild berries in the woods provided some pies! Even though we are in the same state, the weather is a little milder out where he's at. Also, the trees and brush we planted as part of the CREP program (state directed initiative turning unused farm fields back into wooded areas) are doing well.
Dad finally got internet today, maybe I can get him to get on here and share his wisdom. He was my teacher, I think he did a pretty good job- even though my stuff died, I know why! LOL