We're convinced there is actually no such thing as a "black thumb" when it comes to gardening. Some of our container garden plants are thriving (mostly just the herbs) and others (fruiting plants, sadly) are struggling.
So instead of resigning to the inability to grow something, we're turning to our local nursery for answers. Today we're taking in a couple of soil samples and a slew of questions about our leggy, sadly un-leafy pepper plants...
When you've done your best at self-diagnosis, turn to someone in your area who knows the answers. At most nurseries, they can perform a soil test to find the pH level, and if you take the plant in, they may be able to better identify the problem.
If you can't take in your plants, try taking photos of them and bring those pics along with a soil sample.
Don't get discouraged (this is as much for the next person as it is for ourselves); where there is a garden, there is an answer to the gardening woes that have befallen you. Sometimes the answer is, "You can't grow that with your conditions," but who knows? A pro might have just the answer your plants needed to thrive.