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  1. Sarah/Galloping Horse Garden
    January 29, 2013

    This was instructive. I’ve done many of these things at one time or another, I have to admit. My worst offense usually is not amending the heavy red North Carolina clay well enough for the plant to thrive. Then I wonder why it looks so pitiful.

  2. shenandoah
    January 29, 2013

    Yes, not amending the soil is a big mistake when you are working in clay! Just standing on the clay and stomping it into pottery is a mistake. But there are alternative views from experts who say if you amend it, amend it as widely as you want the roots to grow, or else when their roots travel out from the amendment to the clay, they will behave as if they are pot-bound! I add compost when I can, but believe that if the plant won’t thrive in my soil, it is the wrong plant in the wrong place.
    Thanks so much for your addition to our list of mistakes! Best to you!

  3. Greg (@Dwell_At_Ease)
    March 8, 2013

    Great subject! Looking forward to hearing more tweets. Here’s another mistake not to make. Using larger plant without setting them up on rollers so they can be moved around the deck or patio. Same goes for your indoor plants. Happy planting!

    • shenandoah
      March 8, 2013

      May I add your mistake to our list? You are quite right about large pots becoming permanent pots (and leaving permanent spots on the patio too). Great addition – thanks!

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