Six Ways to Turn Your Black Thumb Into a Green Thumb


Bobbi Peterson 

Do plants wither and die on the vine if they’re in your garden? Do you have the dreaded black thumb, the kiss of death to even the hardiest plants?

Fear not. No one really has a black thumb. You’re doing something wrong if your plants are dying. The good news? You simply have to change it up to do things right. Here are six simple ways to accomplish that.

1. Browse Information on Plants

Let’s get first things out of the way. While it might be tempting to choose your garden by color and shape, what your neighbors are doing or what you want to eat, you can’t make decisions about your garden based on those factors alone. You have to read up on your choices before placing them in the earth.

Seed packets, the web, and your local state college’s agricultural extension program are all excellent sources of information on what every plant needs. Plants vary with respect to the amount of sun, water, soil and drainage they require. They also vary according to when they can be planted. You need to read the instructions and follow them. Changing your black thumb to green may be as simple as that.

3/23/2018 10:30:26 AM

Bobbi , what is best to spray on peach trees to keep fruit from getting infested with those damn antlike bugs ? , John N.J.

11/24/2017 9:03:13 AM

Bobbi, I agree with your six steps to being a green thumb. My journey started by being born on a farm way way back in the 1940s. So growing plants was just a way of life for me. However, I did have to learn how not to grow plants. I converted in my 20s to a no chemical way of gardening which was the height of kind of chemical imaginable to grow plants in a garden. Today, chemical free growing is making a come back but back in the 1970s and 1980s, it was considered a little weird. My journey took me through a career of 41 years in technology but after retirement, I was drawn back to the soil and have become a vacant lot gardener. ***** Thanks for sharing your insight into becoming a green thumb around plants. ***** Nebraska Dave

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