The veggie garden I had last year was absolutely swamped by water, I had no idea what I was doing, and only harvested about 6 tomatoes all year long. Rookie mistakes: did you know you have to prune a tomato plant to get it to grow properly?! This year I went with a Heinz plant (all heirloom, non GMO) and it’s already giving me a bumper crop. Looks like I need to learn to can tomatoes FAST! The herbs are doing well, too (cilantro needs to stay on the drier side…. note to self).
I have a deadly black thumb for houseplants. I can even kill a cactus (Which I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to neglect). Polka dot plants, ferns, African Violets? Dead, dead dead. I’m pretty sure the only house plant I can’t kill is a venus fly trap… BUT if it’s an outdoor plant, buddy, I can make that sucker thrive. I’ve finally learned about sun needs, water needs, soil pHs; all that gardening lingo. I know what to pick and where to put it. Over the last 5 years in our “starter home” I’ve gotten the flower beds to a really nice spot, and am now working on the back hill to fill in the blank slate.
In the front, I have terra cotta daylilies, hostas, lambs ear, boxwoods, a mini crepe myrtle, holly, some strange pink flowering evergreen-ness that came with the house and even some pretty two tone marigolds down at the mailbox. It looks nice and filled in! AND I haven’t killed it!
Lastly, the deadly gardenias (pretty scraggly and eeeesh… BAD) finally died off and I ripped the last one out of the ground. Instead, I planted Maryann Lantana, a 3′ fully grown bush that attracts birds and butterflies, but with no thorns and a nice perennial root system. It’s really hard to tell here, but the flowers are hot pink and yellow, which is a great pop of color on the dove grey siding. 3 weeks in the ground, and they are growing strong and NOT DEAD! 🙂 Have you planted anything lately? Is your thumb green or deadly brown?