I asked this question years ago, to a room full of people as I was giving my first landscape presentation. I was quite nervous as I began my presentation, but once I asked the question, “Raise your hand if you have ever killed a plant,” almost everyone raised their hands. A few people also laughed when my hand also went up and I immediately felt a little less nervous.
And so, a recap of what I learned….
First – a tiny amount of fertilizer goes very far and amending the soil with organic matter is preferable. I now only fertilize when a plant that shows a specific nutrient deficiency (I make exceptions for citrus trees and roses, which fertilize regularly).
Well, for those of you who may be new to gardening, I hope my experiences will help you so that you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Many beautiful plants are very easy to grow in our desert climate….you just have to do a little research to find out which ones.
I would like to offer one last bit of advice….wherever you live, don’t rely on the plants you see offered in the big box stores – they are notorious for selling bright, flowering plants that will soon turn brown and die after you plant them. This doesn’t mean that you have a black thumb….it means that some of the plants that they sell do not necessarily thrive in your climate.
Now, I would love to hear your stories…..have you ever killed a plant?