I had 3 ladies visit our shop this morning who had also requested a tour of the gardens.
They seemed to enjoy both the gardens and the shop and while I said my good-byes to two of the ladies I noticed the other taking a few pictures of the borders in the front.
The two ladies explained that the president of their home association group had expressed interested in creating some plantings somewhere in the development. They thought the pictures of my borders and their serpentine curves might be helpful.
I suggested they give top priority to preparing the ground if they wanted something beautiful that required little maintenance. They agreed but said it would be difficult to convince the persons in charge since they thought all that was involved was digging a hole, placing the plants and adding miracle grow.
Sounds like a great recipe for failure to me.
Synthetic Chemicals – What they do
Miracle Grow can artificially induce quick growth but does nothing for the health of your plants and health of the soil. And those are things you want to look at if you want healthy beautiful plants for the long term.
Not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t want to use a fertilizer that can kill fish or other living things. I’m referring to the story of what happened to Grace (a reader) that she left in a comment on my post https://tendingmygarden.com/organic-gardening-gardening-with-nature-simple-or-complicated/
When quick growth is stimulated by synthetic fertilizers — many times that growth becomes very attractive to aphids and other insects. Whereas, if you look to adding organic materials which decay and feed the soil — your plants will be healthier and you won’t have the pest problems that may gardeners have. (I’ll talk more about this in a up-coming post.)
What do I use for Fertilizer?
One of the things each lady had asked me as we looked at the various borders was “What do you use for fertilizer?” My answer: “Nothing.”
Mulch and dead vegetation decaying on the flower borders for years has been more than enough to encourage and sustain great growth.
They asked if I added compost. No, not to flower borders.
I add compost only in the vegetable garden. For one thing — it’s too hard to come by. The other thing is you really don’t need it in the flower borders.
Miracle Grow and Round-up are about the most promoted chemical products on the planet. Many people still debate their value.
I’m not interested in debating it at all. I’ve done plenty of research on it and my conclusion is: In nature lies the keys to success in gardening — be it flower or vegetable.
My Borders in Bloom this Month:
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