Tomatoes, carrots and peppers do not like a heavy soil. Your soil should drain well but not so fast that it doesn't hold water at all. Add lots of organic matter like lawn clippings, shredded newspaper, kitchen garbage, etc. If you have a farmer nearby, have him bring a load of barnyard dirt or dried manure to work into your garden. I buy healthy plants from a local nursery and then feed a foliar fed fertilizer every 14 days like Miracle Gro (I use a fertilizer called Tracite, much cheaper) until blossoms start to form. Since with most herbs you use the leaves, I would NOT water them with the fertilizer (eww, don't wanna eat the fertilizer). Join the Vegetable Gardening group here on CM if you'd like to learn more!
at 6:10 PM on Feb. 6, 2009