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rlzamorarlz
Aug 19, 2017 3:02 PM CST
Hello my fiance is attempting to grow some flowers (see pictures below). We live in Rio Rancho NM temperature as of late is between 92 and 100F. We have very sandy soil which we mixed with a compost. Everything she is growing begins to brown and then eventually dies. We need help all the way from soil prep to watering and maintenance. Please help.


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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Welcome!

We will do our best to help your fiance.

When you say you added compost, what exactly did you add? How much did you add? Nutritionally, sandy soil has nothing in it. Bagged "garden soil", mixed half and half with your native soil, is a good place to start. I don't see any signs of compost in your photos.

After your plants have established, give them some slow release fertilizer. When you put in new plants in this weather, watering everyday for awhile is important.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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rlzamorarlz
Aug 19, 2017 3:46 PM CST
Thank you. She told me she was given some potting or garden soil she doesn't remember which one. She mixed it in with the first two one of which did not make it and the other is the bottom picture. Should we carefully dig up the plants and put in some garden soil? I've had luck with mushroom compost in the past also?

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