The truth is, every piece of soil is different, and each year our own planting schedule and micro-climate is different than others'. What we need to remember is each growing season offers a bounty of lessons, if not food. The best advice I can give to anyone who is struggling with their garden or farm is to observe. LOOK CLOSELY. What do you see?
Taking time in our gardens to notice the color of leaves, the amount and type of biodiversity, the moisture in the soil, or the timing of flowering really makes a difference. If you want to go a step further, here is some free advice: Write it down. Keep a journal. How hot is it today? How wet?
The best farmers I know understand how their plants will act in response to different environmental pressures because they observe and keep track of what they see. You can be a better gardener or farmer if you take the time to look at the plants up close and let them tell you what they need. I guarantee if you are listening, they will start talking!