Location, location, location
No doubt you’ve heard this before when it comes to real estate, but it holds true in the garden as well. Don’t underestimate the importance of this when planting your small garden. Sure, you followed the plant tag’s planting and maintenance instructions to a tee and yet your new plant is not doing as well as it should be. This can happen for a number of reasons, but sometimes it’s just a matter of where the plant is located. If you’ve already exhausted all your other options; adding the recommended fertilizer, checking for disease, etc. then maybe location is the key.
If the plant is in a container or small enough to be replanted in one, then try moving the plant around the yard, until you find it’s ‘sweet spot’. Just remember to let it get used to it’s new location for few weeks before moving it again. Then once you’ve found this perfect spot you can either replant it or leave it in its container.
A great example of this in my garden is a couple of strawberry plants that I’ve had for a few years. When I last moved I put them in the spot they were in until about a few weeks ago. They have never produced fruit. I tried everything to no avail; they got sun, organic fertilizer, new soil, compost… But it wasn’t until I moved them to the front yard that they were actually happy. We’ve already gotten half a dozen strawberries already and more are on the way.
I think the problem is, that the smaller back garden is just too hot. We have two small gardens one in the front and one half the size in the back. Although they are only separated by about 30’ of house they are two completely different environments. The front garden is cool, lush and almost tropical and the one in the back is hot and arid and the some of the plants struggle to survive. Also the plants in the back don’t get watered that often as the ones in the front. But through trial and error we have been able to populate the back garden. We have a lot of the same plants in the back as in the front and after a while they do get accustomed to the hotter conditions.
Sometimes gardening is tricky and takes some trial and error. And you will have to move some plants around to find their ‘sweet spot’. But it’s worth the trouble when you get to enjoy the beauty you have created. So, when someone comments on how lovely a certain plant is, we feel a sense of pride. But all we say is, “Thanks, it likes it there”.
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