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How Does Your Garden Grow? ‘Take time to enjoy all your work’

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MYRNA FOUNTAIN/ Tampa

Q: Describe your garden.

Answer: My garden is in the back of the house, mostly in pots of different sizes, and a jasmine tree by the fence.

Q: How long have you been gardening?

Answer: For about 10 years, more or less. After I retired.

Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?

Answer: I don’t consider myself a gardener. I love to work in my backyard. I experiment with flowers (roses, morning glory, angel’s trumpet).

Q: What are your go-to plants?

Answer: Flowers and more flowers (roses, pansies, petunias, begonias).

Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?

Answer: Trying to grow tomatoes: too much sun, too little sun, and bugs or birds eating the leaves and the fruit before it is ready.

Q: What are some of the challenges you face in your garden?

Answer: Controlling squirrels from opening holes in pots. But they are so cute.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for your fellow gardeners?

Answer: Take time to enjoy all your work, especially if you have flowers.

Have you ever been so proud of your garden that you wished you had some way to show it off? We’re looking for readers’ photos and growing tips for our “How Does Your Garden Grow?” feature in Baylife. It doesn’t matter if you have a small container garden or a long-established landscape; we want to hear about it. Just answer the questions above and email them along with a couple of jpgs of your garden to Baylife@tampatrib.com. Or mail your answers and photos to Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).

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