Gardening is all about having fun and should not be a chore. As such, planting flowers, herbs, bulbs, fruit and vegetable plants and other assorted greenery are subject to the gardener and the location of the garden. Any seasoned gardener will agree that not every plant will work in every garden. Experimenting is the name of the game.
Below are a few examples of experiments that have gone awry:
- This examiner has attempted to grow green peppers for the last several years and has not been successful. They either do not grow/produce any flowers, get enough sunlight/water or are overshadowed by something else in the garden; perhaps the 16 foot tall tomato plants nearby were the reason. This year they actually produced some peppers, but somehow they were stunted and did not grow in the traditional shape of pepper. They are more in the shape of a pumpkin, but still edible!
- The carrots did not do well at all. Although admittedly the best practice in carrot growing was not followed; they should have been thinned. Since the opportunity to grow carrots in this examiner’s garden never presented itself before, this truly was an experiment in the making. The first indication of a problem should have been the length of germination going beyond the prescribed timeframe. Another factor was perhaps the amount of sunlight getting to the container. Upon harvest, they looked more like mini carrots instead of the special round ones that were planted.
- Not all the tomatoes this year have been a success story either. While the excessively tall cherry, pear, and early girl varieties were strong, healthy and producing fruit in abundance; the Roma tomatoes were stunted due to the size of the container in which they were planted. Clearly a larger container, with consistent sunlight and water would have been better.
While gardens may be a personal thing, every gardener should take the time to experiment. There are a variety of factors that will contribute to a garden’s success. So, do not be upset when the adventures go awry. Use the mishaps as learning tools for the future. Trying out different varietals, containers/direct ground planting and locations within the garden is a great way to determine the best options for the future.
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