Is bottom fabric my problem
I am a newbie gardener. I made my first garden last year. I worked pretty hard on tilling in compost material. I was moderately successful. For this year I decided to follow the directions in sqr ft garden book. I was hesitant to line the bottom of my boxes with landscape fabric but I followed the book. This am i searched this site for info on plant growth stunting and found lots of talk about root growth needing to go deep.
This is what my original hesitation was about but I figured if the soil was nutrient enough then the roots wouldnt need to go deep.
I believe this is the reason for my stunted growth. The garden is watered almost every day & it receives great sun pretty much all day. There is an old french guy behind me who has an amazing garden. His plants are about 5x the size of mine. He started with larger ones but they have out performed mine by an exponential amount. He had a stroke so he is very hard to talk to. I dont think he understands what I ask when I ask for advice.
I feel the problem is the fabric. If you agree, is there anyway to work around it this season...stab holes thru it thru the dirt somehow not disrupting the root.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.