I did not inherit any of the gardening genes. This is sad, because we have a big beautiful window box on the front of our house which should really be filled with gorgeous flowers. Every year we buy flowers, plant them, water them a couple times, forget they exist....and they die. Since they're pretty sheltered by the house itself they don't get much rain water, so watering them is apparently fairly important.
Well, this year we swore we would keep them alive.
I think we succeeded.
There are a couple things that I think contributed to our win this year. First - we picked plants that could thrive in a 100% shady environment. That spot gets absolutely no direct sunlight. In the past I've tried to convince myself it gets sun. It doesn't. Go for shady plants. We chose Impatiens, which was a great choice.
We had a late (basically non-existent) Spring this year, so I knew we didn't have a long growing season to work with. We picked up a contractor's pack and planted all 24 little plugs in the window box. Instant color and no big deal if a couple didn't make it.
Then we watered them. Daily.
I hope these are foolproof success steps for next year, because we're sure loving the extra color!
Beemer says hi!
Any other black thumb's out there? And any other first-time success stories?