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9/7/09 6:07 P

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Take a soil sample down to your local county agents office(Soil conservation service, Think its NRCS now). they can give you a analysis of your soil. Sounds like you may have gotten some bad seeds.. If you live near an Amish community, you might go by and see if any of them have seeedlings next spring. Find a local greenhouse and ask them. Or if you are near your state university,with an agriculture dept. you can ask them. Best wishes..


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9/4/09 12:58 P

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Bulbs really shouldn't be a problem as long as they're in the correct climate zone and get enough water.
As for the rest - are you starting from seeds? I rarely have luck with seeds. I tried growing daisies from seed and it never worked. I got some seedlings and they're doing great. The only thing I get from seeds are zinnias - they seem to like my garden. We face straight south with no trees so my garden gets plenty of light. We faced south where we previously lived but there was a huge tree in the front yard - good for cooling the house but bad for gardens - so my mums never came back the next year. At this new house I have mums coming up that I planted last year. I was pleasantly surprised!
The only advice I can give is start with seedlings and make sure they're getting the correct amount of light and water.
Good luck!

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9/4/09 12:47 P

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I am not a gardener, either, but I do know that you plant bulbs (your tulips fall in this category) in the fall/winter. Typically they will not bloom the first spring/summer after planting. And do not mow them down after blooming season. Let the leaves/stalks brown out and die. Mowing will keep them from blooming the following spring.
My mums always have died before halloween. I have no idea about them!
Good luck!

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9/4/09 12:41 P

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I plant my vegetables in barrels and large containers. They do great. You have to water them daily. How much you get often depends on how long your growing season is. I have more vegetables than we can use.

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I am not a farmer by no means, I can even grow a spider plant. The last two years I have tried, yast year I grew vegs, I only got 3 bean from the green beans, no corn but the stocks grew tall, and 3 cups of tomatoes. So this year I thought I would try flowers. I had a hand full of gladiolas 3 iris and the rest was weeds from what my neighbor said. My mint, parsley, rosemary, and marigolds never came up. I did plant a lot more bulbs than that. I also what to plant my tulips for next year a long with mums. And yes I did give the plant food... help
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