Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Secrets to Success

  • Well prepared soil with exceptional drainage.

  • Start with good plants from a reputable source: your own seed started plants or from a reputable nursery.

  • Close planting. The plants shade out weeds that might navigate the mulch.

  • Faithful watering. Deep watering a few times a week, spot watering of the wilters.

  • Fertilizing on a schedule if the soil is not well amended.

  • Regular grooming to remove unattractive leaves or other ugly parts.

  • Absence of predators: Enough 'good bugs' to override the 'bad bugs.'

  • The right microclimate, or, right plant, right place.
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