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Old 03-19-2017, 01:54 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yes. Pretend the plants are your children, and if you kill them, the police will show up and arrest you.

I've lived in places with really nasty "soil", if you could call it that. You love love your plants, shrubs, and trees, or you don't.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:11 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by merewenc View Post
Due to lack of interest and confusion on what exactly I'm supposed to do when, I've never been able to keep a plant alive for longer than a few months. Inside plants, little garden plots along the outside of the house, whatever, I kill it. I have over-watered, under-watered, over-fed, under-fed, all of it.

However, now we're contemplating buying a house that already has about 1/4 of the back yard dedicated to an established garden. Since all of the pictures for the listing are from earlier this month (maybe late last month), I can't tell if I even like the plants in there. But it's likely if we bought the place I would need to keep them alive for at least a little while until I can either hire someone to take care of it for me, task my older daughter to do it (she actually likes plants), or dig the whole thing up and maybe put down sod (if I find I just can't take it).

That being said, is there any way to actually get good at gardening when you don't even like it? Some kind of scheduling system or app? Maybe if I could just plug in the type of plants into a consolidated plan, I could do a better job at remembering what needs water when and how much, if any of them need plant food and when, and if I should prune or just leave it to nature and when to prune (am I even using the right word?) and all that stuff.
If you really do not like gardening, why even try? What some of us love, others hate. I can't imagine going out and hitting a golf ball so I don't even try. That being said, you may just have to depend on either tearing up the garden and putting down sod or rock or you will have to give gardening another try. Have you thought about putting in a sprinkler system? It can be costly but will certainly help the watering schedule. Otherwise, it you do want to keep the garden just mark on the calendar when it is time to water whatever it is. Ask the old owners for some guidelines.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:59 PM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Here's the thing, though. Even if you choose plants carefully, sometimes they don't do well. That's how gardens are made...trial and error.
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