You ain't messin with my garden
June 5, 2014 10:20 AM Subscribe
Teach me how to garden. We are in Zone 7 in Southern US with one plot that gets full sun and another that gets partial sun. Our flowers keep dying or being eaten by deer. Help.
posted by sockermom to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
We have a lovely little garden plot and two planters. We also have no idea what we are doing. We've planted petunias, pansies, dusty millers, and marigolds; the plots are also full of Solomon's seal that we really like and are glad is growing.
However, we seem to be having terrible luck. Despite spreading fox urine, deer keep eating our plants. They ate all the lilies we planted last weekend. Our marigolds, which are deer resistant, are just drying up and dying. The petunias and pansies are OK but get eaten by deer often. We planted a bunch of succulents and hostas and the deer chomped those up, too.
We are getting sick of spending money and time to feed deer, or to just watch pretty flowers wither and die immediately. We've been mixing good fertilized soil with the natural soil, breaking up the roots a bit when planting and wetting them, and planting things in the ground with enough distance between them as per the instructions - but even with regular watering, our plants are just all dead. We had a marathon planting session on Sunday and absolutely nothing survived the deer or what I assume is the heat (it's been hot here, but it's the South - it is always hot in the summer).
Are there other flowering plants that are super easy to take care of that we should plant? What the heck are we doing wrong? The previous owner of the house had a huge, beautiful garden here, so it's something that can be done (just apparently not by us). We are total novices, but we really enjoy the activity, so we'd like to keep doing it - but not if it's just a waste of money and time. Hope us, metafilter, please!