Gardener with a black thumb

I live in Arkansas where there is a lot of rock and clay but plenty of sun. My husband said our soil was fine for growing vegetables, but what I have planted so far, has begun to whither and die. I added some Miracle grow garden soil to the hole I planted in and have used liquid fetilizer. Is it my soil's clay content or just too cold to start a garden as my husband seems to think?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"It depends on what you planted and how cold your temperatures have been. Some vegetables, such as lettuce, peas, spinach, kale, cauliflower and carrots, prefer cooler spring and fall temperatures. But tomatoes, peppers, squash and other summer vegetables will wither in the cold.

Regarding the soil, if the drainage is good and there is room for roots to spread (no impediments such as rocks), then you should be able to grow vegetables there. But I would always advise amending the soil with compost and composted cow manure for best results.

Good luck!
Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine
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