For outdoor plants, do this daily. Several of my listserv correspondents wanted me to remind people that even when your thumbs are green, plants will die. An extended version of this article first appeared in Prime Time Magazine. A deep soaking less often is better than a little every day. Noticing that there are a few weeds, and removing them before they go to seed, can prevent the garden from being overrun with weeds later on, for example.
Do a five-foot plot, do it right, and add on next year.
'Outlander' recap: 'By the Pricking of My Thumbs'
If feeling light, it needs a good thorough drink. Fornari is a speaker, writer, radio talk show host and gardening consultant. Others who responded to my request wrote that people should start small. To test my theory, I decided to poll gardening experts from all over the country. My premise was that those who help others garden well, despite diverse challenges and a variety of growing conditions, are best able to pinpoint what can make a black thumb green.