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Thread: I give up, I'm not a gardener.

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    I give up, I'm not a gardener.

    Over the years I have planted plants that are suppose to be idiot proof, used Miracle Grow by the bags full and still have a lousy flower beds with no flowers. DH is having the front lawn re sodded so I gave in and told the guy to landscape my flower beds with shrubs. I'll buy flowers in pots from now on. My grandmother could grow beautiful flowers and had a big vegetable garden. All you gardeners out there, you have my admiration!
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    It might be your soil. If you have clay or too much sand you will have trouble with plants. I have good soil but there are still some plants that do better than others. Believe it or not I can't grow zucchini in my soil. Luckily for me my sister's soil produces an abundance that she shares with me. How about sun? If you are trying to plant in shade you need shade loving plants like hostas, ferns etc.
    You can just buy potted annuals for a splash of colour. Dig a hole in the garden edge and drop in the whole pot, this lets you switch them out as the mood strikes (or if they kick the bucket)

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    I had the soil tested. It's all me. LOL I like your idea of having a hole to drop the pots in.
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    If it takes more than watering, I can't do it. I love flowers but never could grow them well. Those that survive have my undying love.

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    I use to grow a garden and had oodles of houseplants. Always had annuals, I have lost interest. Come July and August it will be too hot and dry to grow anything.
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    i avoid annuals for the most part. for one thing, i have a brown thumb. for another, i don't want to invest a lot of money and effort on something i know is going to die.
    i gamble on perennials. the odds of success are a little better.

    try a tour of your area. take note of plants growing in vacant lots, around houses that have been sitting empty for a while, and in similar spots. those are likely to survive in any garden since they obviously require no personal attention to thrive. don't overlook weeds, either. some of them are quite pretty. (i don't call them weeds. i call them free plants. LOL)
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    don't overlook weeds, either. some of them are quite pretty. (i don't call them weeds. i call them free plants. LOL) That made me smile. I love some of the winter weeds - free plants - we get here in the panhandle of Florida. Some are so pretty I take pictures and keep them with photos of my "real" flowers in the album.

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    If I want a blooming plant I give it to my DH to plant. I grow leaves. LOL
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    I didn't green thumbs, either.

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    I wish you cold see my yard. I have non-stop flowers from March crocus to the early winter mums. My yard is my gym. I have 99% perennials which I share with the neighors as they spread so fast. Azeleas are in full bloom now. Tulips are just finishing, many shades of huge irises will open probably later today. I have rhodadendrums that bloom at different times. I even have bulbs & perennials in the pots on my front porch & patio. I spend less than $20.00/yr. for annuals to pot & stick in areas for accent. Watering is the key. If no rain in 2-3 days, they need water.

    I have a neighbor that I tried to help, but she thinks just because a plant is outside, you don't have to water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Over the years I have planted plants that are suppose to be idiot proof, used Miracle Grow by the bags full and still have a lousy flower beds with no flowers. DH is having the front lawn re sodded so I gave in and told the guy to landscape my flower beds with shrubs. I'll buy flowers in pots from now on. My grandmother could grow beautiful flowers and had a big vegetable garden. All you gardeners out there, you have my admiration!
    well, I live in Illinois so our summer is truly welcomed by me when it comes......I am not a prolific gardener.....so I merely buy perenials, plant them and hope Mother Nature likes them enough to let them come up the following year(s).....each year I wait anxiously to see what made it thru the winter and marvel at its beauty. I do buy a few annuals in hanging pots to decorate the front porch and back deck, but those I find are more trouble to maintain in the summer than those in the ground............the dirt in those pots gets really hard and water just rolls out of those pots after awhile, so I have to set them in a bucket of water and let them drink from the bottom occasionally...........love cutting flowers from garden and bringing into house - especially the lilacs - which are now ready to pop!!!!!!! We do a veggie garden, but there too, easier plants and let daughter pull weeds that grow around the plants!!!!!!! pulling those weeds allows for a harvest basket!!!!!

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    The landscape guy suggested mature hydrangea bushes and having pot hangers above the bushes all behind a nice layered edging. No work for me, just buy the pots of flowers when I want a change.
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    I agree it could be the soil.. I have what they call river soil and am told anything can grow here. Well after 3 years of living here-I can believe it. Have your soil tested-maybe its not you and your black thumb after all ..LOL
    We have wonderful vegetable gardens every year as well as the lovely flowers that grow profusely.
    So don't give up, have your soil tested or get a test kit and test it yourself ..
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    I am so glad to hear I am not alone in this. I have tried so many house plants. My sister has given me several house plants that she had started and were doing great. Gave them to me. Dead in couple months. When I bought my home , she had Iris, Rose bushes and a couple more outside . They do find. I don't touch them. I did manage to kill one Rose bush. I love flowers. I don't know what is wrong with me. lol

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    I can't tell you what I have spent on plants that feed the deer and squirls. I love to garden, but until I get the remodeling done and the yard fenced, I'm not going to try anything more

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    My neighbor tells me I have a green thumb. I tell her my thumb isn't any greener than hers, I'm just lazier. I plant, water once a week and watch the plants grow as I sit in my porch swing reading a book or relaxing. If it doesn't grow, something else gets planted in its place a month later. She waters, feeds and weeds daily.
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    Compost, compost, compost!!!! If you don't have space or do not want to make your own there a good ones at Home Depot, garden centers, etc. Mulch, mulch, mulch!!! Anything that will decompose will work. I started out with heavy clay soil and doing this I now have rich black soil that drains well and will grow anything. Hope this helps you.

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    My DH grows container gardens. We have so many birds in the area though we can't get to the tomatoes and strawberries fast enough. We quit since we ate less than they did. The best we ever grew was during a really good crisp cold winter that lasted longer than usual. Not going to waste the money and labor on it anymore. Our male dog Brutus would bite into the biggest and best strawberry then spit it out. I got so frustrated. he always found it before we did. :{

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    hhaha so glad to hear i'm not the only brown thumb. the one thing i did grow was a violet. then my son dump it out and picked it apart when he was little. my mom had a green thumb though and could grow anything EXCEPT violets so that drove her nuts.I replanted it and it was doing fine but she wanted to take it home with her to take care of it and be sure it survived-- it died, it was always a giggle between the family.

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    My DH and now my DD have green thumbs. I have a quilters thumb. It works for us. They provide our family with wonderful fresh veggies and I provide them with wonderful warm quilts for the time when they are huddled in the kitchen on cold February mornings planning the garden and ordering seeds.
    I do help with the putting up of the vegetables, but it is their garden.

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    [QUOTE=BellaBoo;6049726]Over the years I have planted plants that are suppose to be idiot proof, used Miracle Grow by the bags full and still have a lousy flower beds with no flowers. -
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    I'd follow the suggestion to see what grows in your own neighborhood. And ask questions of older growers, most of
    them delight in giving advice. And don't fertilize too much...my husband was a nurseryman and the only thing he did a LOT of was spread Epsom Salts all over the place a couple of times a year. This is a magnesium supplement, not a sodium. Makes everything from Tomatoes to my lemon tree grow better fruit. And flowers are now in bloom and I discovered that my Passion Plant has climbed up a wall and is massing on a phone line under the house eves, so I'll have to cut it all down, from the top of the fence to where it started crawling up the stucco wall.
    I'm in the central valley of California, where we have a LONG growing season. I start tomatoes and then take cuttings from them and get more. Cut off the roots of all the onion family and replant them for a continuing supply of that kind.
    Might work for lots of plants, haven't tried it only on the onion family, chives, leeks, etc.

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