Perennials forum: Top Ten Gardening Mistakes (From Mountain Valley Growers)

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 31, 2013 10:11 PM CST

I received an email from Mountain Valley Growers and thought I'd share it with y'all. Here's the email message with little 'drawings' in the link, but below is the message without the 'drawings'.

http://www.admail.net/view/29cc349/fef8f1/


As you plan your gardens for this spring, consider these pitfalls. Gardening should be rewarding and these top ten tips can help your garden be the place you always wanted it to be.

Biting off more than we can chew. Try to be honest about how much time and effort you have and want to put into your garden. Growing one plant well is better than planting thirty and neglecting them.

Not pinpointing what you really want from your garden space. Veggies, herbs or flowers, some of each? By focusing on what you really want to grow, you will eliminate taking care of (and maybe resenting) plants that are secondary to your needs.

Convincing yourself that you have enough sun when you don't really. It is important to understand that when plants need more sun they develop poorly.

Underestimating how tall and wide a plant will get. If you have a four by four foot space and you are trying to plant something that gets six by six, you are eventually going to be unhappy with your choice. This includes trying to squeeze a plant that gets big into a tiny pot.

Thinking you can contain an invasive plant because you read how to do that somewhere. If the plant is tenacious enough, like mint, no amount of reading will help. Containers can be an option, if planted correctly.

Trying to fix the soil after you plant. Take the time to examine your soil before you plant. Does it drain well? Is it acidic or alkaline? Does it need organic matter to feed your plants? Trying to plant an acid loving blueberry in an alkaline soil will never work out well.

Picking a plant not suitable for your winter. While many plants that won't survive your winter can be planted as annuals because they grow quickly, many cannot be because they grow very slowly to maturity over many years.

Figuring out your irrigation source after you plant. When summer's sun is beating down on you and your garden are you going to be happy with your watering system. If you depend on summer rain and you enter a drought will you have the means to keep your garden going?

Assuming that because you want all the berries, the critters will leave them for you. This always surprises folks. It may be necessary to plant inside a fence or cover your tender seedlings with row cover. Keep an eye out and be prepared.

Not doing anything because there are so many ways to screw it up. Gardening is a learning experience like everything else in life. Keep at and you will get it right. We are always here to answer any questions you may have.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Feb 1, 2013 3:55 AM CST
This is nice article and I like the pictures on the website, especially the guy with the chain-saw! Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 1, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Biting off more than you can chew! Ha Ha, says the woman with 95 wintersown containers and more to plant!! LOL. I really don't know any other way than way too much! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Feb 1, 2013 4:45 PM CST
Thumbs up Too much?...works for me..pass that chain saw!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Feb 1, 2013 10:15 PM CST
Hi Jennifer,

I see you got more badges with the acorns I sent ya! Hurray! Green Grin!
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Feb 1, 2013 10:16 PM CST
virginiarose said:This is nice article and I like the pictures on the website, especially the guy with the chain-saw! Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up


Hilarious! Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Feb 1, 2013 10:16 PM CST
jvdubb said:Biting off more than you can chew! Ha Ha, says the woman with 95 wintersown containers and more to plant!! LOL. I really don't know any other way than way too much! Rolling on the floor laughing


Blinking

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Feb 2, 2013 3:46 AM CST
Marilyn said:Hi Jennifer,

I see you got more badges with the acorns I sent ya! Hurray! Green Grin!


I agree

Love your badges Jennifer! Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Feb 2, 2013 6:43 AM CST
It took me a bit to figure them out. But I got there!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 2, 2013 12:17 PM CST
Is it just me? I thought the tone of the advice was almost a deterrent. Maybe I just read it defensively because I've been guilty of about 90% of the warnings. Ah well, I'll continue along my bungling ways...cheerfully and enjoying every minute.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Feb 2, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Deb, I think we are all guilty of 90%, at least!. Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up Whistling Hilarious! Rolling my eyes.
Susan

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Feb 2, 2013 10:32 PM CST
jvdubb said:It took me a bit to figure them out. But I got there!


You should have asked us! We would have helped you! Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Feb 3, 2013 8:49 AM CST
Think I have done most of those, too. Considering I was ignorant when I started, still haven't done all that badly. Although, I do regret the clematis and roses I let die because of misplacement and neglect.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Feb 5, 2013 10:58 PM CST

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I'm guilty as charged. I break all of those rules. LOL.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Feb 5, 2013 11:07 PM CST
Me too! nodding Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Feb 6, 2013 4:53 AM CST
At least we learn form our mistakes. I am always ripping something up and replanting it.. Always changing my mind and starting a new bed when I have 10 that are unfinished. I am hoping to get it together someday. Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
Rabbit Keeper Birds Hummingbirder Salvias Xeriscape Organic Gardener
Container Gardener Cottage Gardener Bee Lover Forum moderator Butterflies Apples
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Marilyn
Feb 6, 2013 11:00 PM CST
I agree nodding Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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