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by plantingnewb on June 14, 2006 03:20 PM
Update on the Ajugas:
I planted some more about 3 weeks ago.
Some were starting to look like they were dying
already last weekend.
I read that planting them too deep or having them in soil that is not well draining is the most common problems.
I dug up half of them, added peat moss and tried to plant them not as deep.
I'm getting really frustrated [Frown] because I don't know what I'm doing wrong & I'm wasting money in the process.
Could the problem just be that my soil is not good??
I think I need to hire someone [teacher] who knows what they are doing to come help me.
Tammy
by Pianolady on June 14, 2006 03:22 PM
It seems like my ajuga took a few years to really look good and take off. Might leave them be at this point, and see what they do next year. ???

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by plantingnewb on June 14, 2006 03:28 PM
I planted like 12 of them last spring and this year nothing came back, so I added peat moss and fertilizer and planted more this year.
They are already starting to look like the ones I planted last year. [Eek!]
Tammy
by njoynit on June 15, 2006 12:07 AM
some of mine are in some really poor soil& others are in richer soil,they do better with sun,but can thrive in shade.I can't say I always use good garden manners either......Just days ago I was digging some hibiscus seedlings to relocate and an ajuga plant came'unearthed' I kinda rudely stuck shovel in spot wiggled a space shoved plant back in& stepped on it and have keept that spot watered.Now I got some baby off sets off some I planted in a bed which the whole bed actully ain't too happy,but the ajuga moved there is just sitting looking the same,(But I kinda think that beds soil is like concrete& will likely be doing another plant move-about from that bed to revamp it)
So hows your soil texture wise?I have a 4 way analizer to check my soil,but it don't help me nutrient wise.just PH/Fertilizer& moisture& lighting.
Describe their look of death,leaves shrivleing or drying or turning colors.
Besides adding peat to bed you can add organic mix or mushroom compost its just a $1 a bag or they'll have an azealia mix for acid plantings or a landscape mix.

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by plantingnewb on June 15, 2006 03:19 PM
The soil is probably not very good.
I noticed when I was planting there wasn't many worms.
Even though I already planted, can I still fix the soil?
For my next project, I will be sure the soil is ready first.
Anyways, this is what they look like.
The pic was taken at night, so it didn't turn out so good. Ajuga
by dodge on June 19, 2006 01:17 PM
Ajuga............Needs Well Drained acid Loom soil........
However it doesnt like real dry either.

dodge

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by plantingnewb on June 19, 2006 04:05 PM
"acid loom soil"

Dodge,
I'm a beginner, so could you please explain. [dunno]
Tammy
by TulsaRose on June 20, 2006 01:10 AM
Young transplants need to be watered daily until they get settled in, especially if they are planted in the sun. Once they are established, they aren't really picky about conditions. I have them in full sun, part sun, full shade, etc. and the soil is different in all the beds. But they are all thirsty critters. Could you possibly take another picture that shows more detail and isn't washed out from too much sunlight? In the picture you posted, the plant appears to be in a rock bed\garden???

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by dodge on June 20, 2006 01:45 AM
Acidy Loom soil..such as clay soil.

Like for instance Azaleas like acidy soil.. You can do that by puttin teaspoon of vinegar to a gallon of water..

Make any sense?

dodge [sleepy]

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by plantingnewb on June 20, 2006 04:37 PM
TulsaRose,
I will take a new pic tomorrow.
The other was taken at night.
This is the area where the ajugas are trying to grow, as border.
front yard
Tammy
by TulsaRose on June 21, 2006 01:13 AM
Tammy, that bed is beautiful...really nice job! Just be patient with your Ajugas and as I said before, be sure they don't get too thirsty but not water-logged. When they eventually take off, your border will look terrific.

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by dodge on June 21, 2006 03:50 AM
planting newb

WOw your sure a good newbie......did you lay the block yourself?

dodge

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by plantingnewb on June 21, 2006 02:34 PM
Dodge,
My other half did the blocks, he's more of a perfectionist. [thumb]
I did the rest.

TulsaRose,
Here is a pic of the ajugas.
They seem so small.
One of them has completely disappeared. [dunno]
ajuga
ajuga 2
You might be right, maybe I didn't water them enough.
I also amended the soil this time, last time I did nothing but water.
I'm learning. [clappy]
by dodge on June 21, 2006 03:47 PM
Plantingnewb

That is great ...Family harmony........ajuga, I thought looked like a primrose...

Dont worry too much of it ....Some plants are just down right stubborn.....Lots die for me ..
Just when you think you know what your doing , mother nature deals a suprise..
[Wink]
Keep gardening.

dodge

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by plantingnewb on June 21, 2006 04:15 PM
Dodge,
Thanks for the encouragement! [Wink]
Tammy
by TulsaRose on June 22, 2006 02:09 AM
Well, Tammy, at this stage, looks like Time and Mother Nature will determine how your Ajuga makes out. I would give it a diluted fertilizer drink about once a week for awhile and hope for the best. Mine are so old and established, it's hard to remember when they were tiny plants like yours. :-) Don't give up!!!

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by Dixie Angel on June 22, 2006 03:06 AM
I have always neglected mine and they have seemed to flourish. This Spring I have started moving it to under our deck. So far, so good...

Dianna

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by dodge on June 22, 2006 03:21 AM
Dixie

Perhaps it is a shade lover.....SOme are and some arent.

dodge [grin]

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by plantingnewb on June 22, 2006 03:42 PM
TulsaRose,
I will try the fertilizer drink and see what happens.
My problem is that I am very impatient.
Thanks
Tammy

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