I'm just getting into gardening, and while the first round of seeds I planted a couple months ago mostly germinated, the second round I planted two weeks ago have produced almost nothing. I start them off them indoors as it's too cold outside this time of year. I water daily, as the soil goes dry by the end of the day (they're near a radiator). One thing I noticed is that the soil appears to have gone kind of crusty and hard, unlike the first round. Could the choice of potting soil cause this problem?
Whatever it is, any recommendations on how I might save them?
Some of these I think are hard to grow, like aubergine, asparagus, rhubarb, but most are easier, like herbs and strawberry.