What’s the difference between a new gardener and an experienced one? The experienced gardener has killed way more plants, the saying goes.
That truism speaks to the fact that gardening is a highly trial-and-error venture – and one where some plants are just going to struggle and die no matter what you do.
The good news is that the more you know and the more “right” things you learn to do, the less mayhem.
In other words, messing up helps hammer home lessons that, if you pay attention, lead to more and more successes. Some of the best gardeners will admit to botching their way to botanical proficiency.