Gardening Failure

I don’t want to have any gardening failure this year. I don’t. But I will. Darn it. I will. Some plants will croak and die. But can I diminish my failures? Yes, by learning to learn from each and every snafu.

As I work to create my 2015 garden plan, I face three BIG questions: what, where and when.


What plants?

Where to place each plant?

When to plant the seeds for each plant?

I call the what, where and when questions BIG because answering each requires me to be courageous. Why?

The Tuberous Begonia In Colorado

If you love using containers in your garden or if you are strictly a container gardener, you will appreciate knowing that the tuberous Begonia in Colorado does very well. I have a large covered front porch. My property also includes a lot of trees. As a result, I have quite a bit of shade in my garden. I need a few flowers that do well on my porch and under my shade trees. Tuberous begonia is one of my go to plants. Here is one that was growing in my garden in 2011.

But here is the problem. To buy a flowering Begonia at a nursery is going to set you back about $6.99 for each plant. Yikes! But there is a way around this high cost. Let me show you how.

Handy Dandy Gardening Guide: Growing Great Peas

It’s almost spring! I want to celebrate this fact. I want to continue to wait well in this season of winter. As a way to do that, I’m providing one of my Handy Dandy Colorado Gardening Guides! These guides are not always available so be sure to share with your friends. For some people, growing green things helps nurture hope. This guide is about Growing Great Peas here in Colorado. Did you know that you can plant them in late March/early April?!?! Wahoo!

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Laura Flanders, Colorado Backyard Gardener