Are you growing winter vegetables? I've tried carrots. They need perfectly rich and tilled soil to come out straight. I tried Parsnips and Turnips last year. I didn't like them. Broccoli gets aphids. And all the cole crops get caterpillars. And I'm not really into peas. Remember that I can't really cook.
In my opinion Autumn -Spring is the best time in SoCal. I hate Summer. I'm sure you east and midwest peoples opinions differ. It's so hot that it saps my energy and I can only work like 7:30am-noon. In cooler weather I can work in the afternoons too.