I love that my kids are creative and thoughtful too. This spring Buck made me some planters for the front of the house. I was so surprised and super excited about them….Hubby was too. He made the planters with the purpose of being on my front porch. My front porch faces east and there is some shade too so impatiens flowers were the perfect pick to put in the planters.
Well Hubby’s mom loved impatiens flower just like we do. We are a little sentimental sometimes and this was something we were happy to be sentimental about. She had them at her front door and now we do too.
I was really bothered with how the plants were growing though. We got all of the flower starts at the same nursery but somehow some were doing so much better than the others. It’s even noticeable from the street. Look at the planter to the left….look at the right front. Those flowers are so much higher and better looking.
Here’s a close up picture. You can see it better. Notice the right front of the planter is noticeably larger and more filled out, see?
Here’s a better picture of the back row…see it’s not as full.
Here’s the other planter. The front lower section is nicer looking.
I was so frustrated with this. COMPLETELY frustrated. I was sure there was too much shade to the back row. I thought and thought.
I talked to each of my kids trying to figure out what caused the difference. Then when Buck was home I said something to him. That’s when he asked me…what about the potting soil. I didn’t use the same potting soil throughout. I used Miracle Grow on the front sections but ran out about half way through on one of the sides. I used a cheaper brand on the rest.
Lesson learned there. I will only use Miracle Grow from now on. I have tried to fertilize the flowers that aren’t growing as well but they still haven’t caught up. I’m kind of frustrated with myself.
With the cost of plants, I need to make the added investment of good potting soil too. So from now on I’ll be buying Miracle Grow!! No other potting soil for me ever, ever, never.