How to Start Over When Your Garden Fails

by on August 24, 2012


Gardening is a relaxing, enjoyable pursuit. Except when it isn’t.

The truth is that sometimes plants are going to fail. Sometimes entire beds may fail. Gardens fail, but that doesn’t make you a failure. Here are some tips for how to start over when your garden fails:

Ask “Why?”
When plants fail, there is a reason. You need to know what the reason is if you are to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. If there are no obvious indicators, a good place to start is with a soil test. Other potential problem areas could be sunlight, moisture, pets, pests or disease.

Address the Issue.
If you find that your garden failure was caused by soil that is excessively alkaline (or acidic), amend the soil to get it into better condition before attempting to plant in it again. If the existing soil is inadequate, consider replacing it or adding a raised bed with rich soil that will help to make sure your next garden attempt will be more successful. If diseased plants are part of the problem, take necessary steps to completely remove the diseased host plant(s) and always rotate your plant crops to avoid another bout with the same problem.

The key to eventual success in the garden is to not get frustrated, which is often far easier said than done. If tomato plants give you trouble, try growing a different variety. It is strongly recommended that you talk to the local Extension Service office or a Master Gardener in the area who might advise you on plant varieties that will thrive where you live.

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Barb April 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Last year I planted 2 wine barrels with garlic and they turned out fantastic. This year, I’ve noticed cats in the backyard and the garlic tops looked tussled around and now they are turning brown (not mature yet) and have quit growing. I have a strong suspicion the cats have been doing their business in the garlic, if you know what I mean!!!


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