Last Years “Dream Garden” Turned Out to be a Dud

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Last year my toddler and I tried to create our very first garden. I had grandiose ideas of flowers of all kinds and colors sprouting up at our little lake house. Of course Pinterest was the inspiration, it gets me every time.

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Flower Garden

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I planted hoards of flowers along the house including some of my favorites like Gladiolas, Peonies, Lillies, Daisies and even sunflowers. Things went downhill from there. Including numerous out of town trips, where my flower seeds parched in the dry sun. Of course neither did I fertilize, or feed the plants. As a result we had one solitary, brave little Lily sprout from the ground. And while I did water it loveling it only took one shake of a dogs tail to destroy the precious pedals. I never even got a chance to add mulch, not that I would have thought of it if I had. This year I’m determined for things to be different.

I’ve compiled my list ( I’m a fan of list) of gardening supplies, including:

I’ve learned that there is so much more to gardening than flowers, water, earth and sunlight. One of my favorite lines of products has become the Scotts Miracle can I go wrong with a title like “Miracle Grow?!” They offer a variety of products but one made especially for Florida residents is the new Florida Select Mulch. It’s made from 100% Florida-grown Eucalyptus – grown in Florida, for Florida.

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Eucalyptus Mulch is sustainably-harvested, made from 100% plantation-grown Eucalyptus trees, and effectively prevents weeds naturally, while helping conserve soil moisture – perfect for someone like me who *ahem* forget to water frequently.  But, as you may now, Scotts offers something for every gardener. If you don’t live in Florida check out Scotts Nature Scapes mulch. It’s a natural forest product that comes in a variety of textures and 3 colors. It also helps maintain moisture, prevent weeds and helps your garden flourish. Both options are a no brainer for sustainable gardening.

So do I have everything? Lets hope so because I’ve started to accumulate plants here and there. No more will my yard be a barren wasteland, I am determined to be successful. Have I missed anything? Feel free to leave me your green thumb tips!

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  1. cassandra
    May 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    My family loves gardening! A house without some sort of garden in our book just isn’t a house. My grandparents grew their garden around a plain old shabby house and turned that house and garden into beauty over many many years :) I love their house and hope to carry on their tradition. I loved some of the ideas you have!

  2. Blessie Nelson
    May 20, 2013 at 7:44 am — Reply

    I hope your garden has fared well by now! Do let us know!

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