I love to garden. I don't do too well with house plants. Usually, I stifle them with love, I figure.
I do better with the garden outside, where I grow most of my own veggies and a variety of flowers and shrubs.
>do all your plants grow?
No, sometimes my plants do not do well. I planted four geraniums and they would not flower, until I distributed tea leaves around the base. Within a week, new buds appeared. I figured it was the soil condition.
My potatoes grew very well. I planted ten potato parts. They all came up and only one died. The stem turned brown. I cut it down before it could spread to the other plants. We harvested 18 lb of potatoes from 9 plants.
Then, there was the aphid problem. I discovered aphids on my peas, so I cut them down and bagged them, soaked them in cooking oil/laundry detergent, and left the bag in the garbage in the blazing sun. I also discovered aphids on my brussel sprouts
and --- again ---destroyed the plants. I was disappointed, but the infestation was severe.
We grow organic veggies.
Also, some garden seeds simply did not germinate. I planted an entire row of flowers at the front of the veggie patch. Not one seed sprouted! I figure there was something wrong with that bag of seed, since the rest of the garden grew fine.
Mr ESTEE transplanted some plants from the old house to the new house. Some lived and some died. Don't know why, except maybe some plants do not like to be disturbed. But, Mr ESTEE is most gentle with plants, saving a great big root ball, yet they still died. Puzzling.
>I recently asked a friend about certain gardening problems and wondered if,
>despite all your own green thumb efforts, some of your plants - potted
>or in ground - remain stunted in their growth.
I planted beets this year and they were stunted...never grew mature. I threw them all into the compost bin. They were behind the geraniums, so maybe the soil is depleted. Mr ESTEE will be topping up the garden with compost this fall.
Last year I planted lettuce, which grew fine, except they did not last very long before it got too old. This year, I used the remainder of the seed package, and the lettuce grew and grew and grew and we kept eating it and eating it. The lettuce stayed nice this year, even though the seed was a year older. This was very nice, but how do I explain that one?