Yes, I water it.
Yes, I put it in sunlight.
Often I put it directly outside (like many people have suggested I do). And still: dead. *sigh* It's gotten to the point that if I get a plant from a student as an end of the year gift, I just drive it straight over to my Mom.
But something changed...
It all started with a couple of herbs.
I had grown weary of paying top $$ for fresh herbs at the grocery store that only lasted a week or so. So I decided to give herb growing a shot. I found a big planter, filled it with dirt and headed out to buy some herbs.
Cilantro of course. Basil, rosemary, thyme, sage. And for our gum-sniffing cat; peppermint. While we're there, we decide to pick up a few little flowers for the light-post planter out front. And since the store we visit is having an anniversary event, they are giving out tiny tomato plants. Great, another thing to watch die... But it's free, and I'm trying something new, so why not.
A few weeks go by and all is well! I have successfully kept a plant (many plants!) alive for more than a week!
The tomato plant is miraculously growing fast! I've had to re-pot it into a much bigger planter and add a wire cage-holder-thing.
But then the storm. The #$*% storm. It's so bad that several streets nearby are severely flooded and my poor tomato plant is torn apart. I prune it back without high hopes for it's future.
The flowers out front are thriving. The buds are opening and new ones are growing and our yard looks less wild.
So now I have dominating peppermint (which my cat doesn't even like by the way!), shriveling herbs, a broken tomato plant, and headless flowers. Not to mention a front garden with a few tiny plants clinging to life among all manner of overgrown, unsightly weeds.
My black thumb is rearing it's ugly head.
It's time to do something.
So. I take the peppermint out of my herb planter and re-pot it in the small planter I never expected the tomato plant to grow out of. I buy replacement basil and thyme (on super sale cause it's so late in the season). Sadly, everyone is out of cilantro.
So maybe I don't have a vibrant kelly-green thumb, but I think I've evolved to maybe a deep mustard yellow. Hey! At least it's not black anymore! And my yard doesn't look so neglected anymore! And that's fine by me!