This year my garden is doing much better. All of the green beans I planted sprouted.
The difference could be to several factors. First of all, I added another landscaping timber to the edge of the garden, and added four bags of garden soil and four bags of cow manure. This raised the garden up three inches. A gardener at Semmes Elementary told me that a raised garden sprouts earlier because the soil gets warmer quicker.
I also have carpenter ants living in the landscaping timbers. I treated the ants twice during the week before I built the garden up. I can't say for sure, but carpenter ants may have eaten the seeds I planted last year.
When we purchased tomato plants, I told my husband I needed ones that are nematode resistant. The tag on the pot didn't have the typical N that stands for this type of plant, so my husband asked the salesman. He recommended adding lime to the soil to prevent these bugs from attacking the roots.
I also read an article that said old milk helps chase away nematodes, too. Whenever I have old milk I pour it on the garden.
Well, so far, so good. I just wanted to pass that news along.