flowers did not grow - Knowledgebase Question

st. Louis, Mi
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?


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Answer from NGA
September 13, 2009

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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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