“There are no gardening errors, just experiments.”– Janet Kilburn Phillips
We surveyed numerous Colorado Master Garden enthusiasts to hear what they have actually gained from their gardening experiences.About 20 years ago, I
planted a bunch of stunning red tulips in our yard. They were stunning the first year.What I did not understand was that the majority of tulips deteriorate quickly after the first year of bloom and ought to just be collected and disposed of after bloom (treated like a yearly). They might have sent out up a couple of flowers the second year, then for a years or more they would just send out up one leaf. The bulbs became incredibly hard to dig out.I used to not take into consideration the last size of a plant so I would plant things too close
together, or a shrub too near the sidewalk or building. Now I prepare better.Twenty-two years earlier, I was happy to discover aspen trees for sale in a next-door neighbor’s driveway.
Being my favorite tree(I believed at the time ), I purchased three to plant in my yard. Little did I understand that I would concern rue that day. They are exceptionally intrusive. Stems are still growing up from their roots throughout my yard( and my neighbors ‘), not deterred by concrete, garden barriers or walkways. Furthermore, they are extremely vulnerable to insect damage and disease. While stunning in nature, aspen trees are not a great choice for an urban garden.Circling root systems happen on plants too large for the container size or kept too long in the
pot, causing the root mass to be so thick that it prevents roots from penetrating into the landscape soil after planting. I now cut circling roots on a brand-new seasonal prior to planting.Disease organisms such as blight might not show up on tools, however pathogens can be spread from plant to plant during pruning, triggering plant loss
. Now I make sure to tidy and decontaminate pruning tools after usage.I’ve discovered my lesson about catching wishful considering plant placement. Even if I think “I ‘d really like for this plant that is just pleased in full sun to do well
in this dubious place, because that’s where I would like it to go,”I no longer tempt fate and face disappointment.Having moved from Illinois where rain is a lot more numerous, I never ever considered water requirements for a plant. Plant brochures rarely published this information (although more do now ). Even if a plant seems like a suitable for my soil and light, I now examine how much water it requires.Whenever I planted a brand-new plant in my garden, I would load the soil around it, pushing with my foot with all my weight. What an eye opener when I found out about soil compaction and how bad it is for plants. Now I simply gently press soil in around a new plant.Submit gardening questions to [email protected] or call 719-520-7684. Discover us on Facebook at Colorado Master Gardeners-El Paso County. Submit gardening questions to [email protected] or call 719-520-7684. Find us on Facebook at Colorado Master Gardeners-El Paso