flowers did not grow - Knowledgebase Question

st. Louis, Mi
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Question by nancyjsanson
September 13, 2009
I have 2 flower beds, one on each side of a door. For years I have planted annuals with no problem. This year I planted begonias and marigolds on each side. the one side did beautifully while the flowers in the other bed never grew and now look smaller than when I planted them. What can be wrong?

Answer from NGA
September 13, 2009
If the amount of sunshine, water and fertilizer was equal for each bed, I'd suspect your soil needs some amending. After removing the annuals spread 3-4 inches of organic matter over the bed and dig it in to a depth of about 8". The compost or other organic matter will help loosen the soil, encourage good drainage, and will release nutrients and the organic matter decomposes. I think your next batch of annuals will thrive in this newly amended soil. Best wishes with your garden!

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