I planted lettuce, peas, spinach, carrots, beets, rutabagas, and a few other things in early spring (early April) here in zone 6. Except for the peas and possibly spinach, though, my germination rate wasn't nearly as great as usual--and worse--the plants that did germinate didn't grow much. I kept thinking they would be fine, but after awhile, I got out of my denial and sent out for a soil sample test.
Sure enough, my garden was low on the major nutrients. I'm perplexed about this because I added plenty of aged horse manure, dried blood, wood ash, and bone meal--the same organic amendments I usually add. Could the problem have been that I added them last fall instead of this spring?? (I hadn't been able to garden for a few years and I didn't remember when I used to add amendments.) What could have gone wrong?