16 Responses to “Damn black thumb”

  1. Lorri-Lynne November 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM #

    Most herbs like hot/bright and dryish conditions.

    So even though you may think you aren’t overwatering, try watering less. And if you can find a warm area with lots of light, that should help too.

  2. Rhonda November 25, 2008 at 2:47 PM #

    After the death of way too many plants (herbs included) I finally gave up. I now have a beautiful ROCK garden. I weed it as needed. & dh is happy I quit killing pretty green things. Sigh.

  3. Katrina Strauss November 25, 2008 at 2:57 PM #

    I have managed to kill a cactus, so I empathize.

  4. Megan November 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM #

    I say I have a black thumb, too! Until recently, the only thing I could keep alive was my son. But then we got rosemary for the back deck, and we now (fingers crossed) have some big bushy thing inside in the dining room.

    Good luck on the chives, Angie.

  5. Jaci Burton November 25, 2008 at 3:02 PM #

    I’d offer assistance but I usually kill all my houseplants, other than copious Pothos plants that I can torture incessantly. Those things are indestructible and about the only thing I can’t manage to kill (thankfully). I want an herb garden in the worst way, but nothing lives for me. I might try the indoor variety this winter too.

  6. Highland Gal November 25, 2008 at 3:05 PM #

    Which reminds me…what did you think of Williamsburg? I haven’t seen any comments about your trip…

  7. Lorelie Brown November 25, 2008 at 3:25 PM #

    My personal best is killing potted flowers in two days.

  8. Karin November 25, 2008 at 3:28 PM #

    I’m really good at killing plants as well. Good luck with your chives!

  9. evabaruk November 25, 2008 at 3:28 PM #

    The only advice I have is that chives like alot of direct sunlight, 6-8 hours a day iirc. If you still don’t have any luck, try planting them in the neighbors yard and harvesting at night.

  10. Jen November 25, 2008 at 3:35 PM #

    Now I understand your desire for worms….

  11. Bev Stephans November 25, 2008 at 5:42 PM #

    I can only empathize, as I too have a ‘black thumb’! I haven’t had anything green in my house (I’m not counting the things in the refrigerator that are 2nd cousin to penicillin) in 20 years. Good luck!

  12. Cara November 25, 2008 at 8:28 PM #

    I can empathize.

    Have you checked your soil’s PH level yet? Since it seems to be getting the direct sun it needs and I’m sure you’re probably making sure it has good drainage, I’m wondering if it’s the soil. I think I remember chive needs a PH of 6. But you may want to Google that LOL. It’s been a while.

  13. Angie November 25, 2008 at 9:50 PM #

    My neighbors are from West Virginia and have threatened to kill my dogs. I can only imagine what would happen to me if I tried to plant something in their yard and then sneak over to trim it, lolol.

    PH? Okay, now we’re getting way to technical. Dirt, water, grow, right? Dammit.

    Yes, the worms were so I could have compost for the herbs. I still want the worms.

    I trimmed all the dead stuff off the chives tonight so now it looks healthy and green again (just not as full). Cheating works for me.

    H-gal. Williamsburg was fun. It rained Saturday, so we didn’t see much but the library (where my con was) the hotel and the restaurant. But on Sunday we walked around Colonial Williamsburg and had a day of gorgeous weather and leaves just after peak turning. I took maybe three pictures but I could share them. We’d love to go back now that we’ve been!

  14. Lindsey November 26, 2008 at 4:25 AM #

    I hear ya. My roommate used to call my house the plant hospice!

  15. Crystal Dee November 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM #

    I too have a black thumb, but I’ve managed to keep the cutest fern ever grown alive for two months now. A freind gave it to me. I think she’s using it to boost my confidence. I might have to try another inside plant soon. Good luck on your herbs.

    We’re looking forward to you getting rid of all those prizes as well.

  16. Chris Redding November 26, 2008 at 2:19 PM #

    Put the chives outside. I live in NJ and we have chives in the garden. They come back every Spring and if it is a mild winter they don’t really die off at all.
    They fight with the mint to take over our plot.
    Country girl mom (mine) had black thumb. City boy dad could grow anything.
    Me. I don’t keep houseplants. One more thing to take care of.

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