This year was the first year I've tried to raise all my plants from seed. I started on the first day of march and had to keep the seedlings and the grow light in my bedroom until May. My room smelled like soil-less mix and onions for 3 months! I started raised beds in the garden and filled them with our regular garden soil then a layer of store bought organic compost, then I layered on store bought topsoil with plant food mixed in and then more compost. First, I think I planted my peas too late and the rabbits kept eating the vines they even bloomed. Then, I planted onions and shallots which actually turned out quite nice. I received some lettuce seedlings and collard green seedlings after attending some classes at the local county extension office. The rabbits got most of those too. My potatoes did alright, a little mushy but alright, until I harvested them and left them in the hot garage for too long where they rotted and got maggoty. The carrots were thin and pale, the basil and sage were choked out by chocolate mint. The watermellon died off without giving a single fruit, the pumpkins haven't had any fruit yet and the tomatoes have had tons of fruit on them but so far none of it has come ripe. Also, in one bed I had enough topsoil to fill the frame entirely. The 3 pepper plants and tomato seedling appear to have been stunted in growth after being planted here. Even my mom's flowers she bought from a nursery haven't really taken off yet either. It wasn't even that bad of a year for bugs around here (except for the ants). So my question is: is it just us, our soil or has anybody else experienced difficulty this year?