What was your worst gardening disaster?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is answered by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners. Readers who wish to submit a question to be answered by these experts may email it to region@sungazette.com. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. Submitting a question does not guarantee that it will be answered in the Sun-Gazette’s Sunday Region section.)

Linda B., Montoursville: “Ok, I’ll tell you but you need to cut me some slack. This happened before I took the Master Gardener class. I was tired of fighting the weeds in my vegetable garden so I bagged my grass clippings and used them for mulch. Did you know that if your grass has been treated for weeds, then it is not a good idea to use it around your veggies? Well, now we both know!”

Ginger R., Elimsport: “Where to begin? I guess the biggest problem I had was I bought fertilizer, topsoil and garden soil. However, adding the fertilizer made my pepper plants grow to 4 feet with no peppers. I learned to add organic matter in the fall and not try to beef up my soil in the spring.”

Caroline B., Montoursville: “One gardening disaster I had was I planted mint in an area that I later turned into a perennial garden. Another is planting plants and not marking what they are because then I’m sometimes not sure if they are weeds.”

Karl Z., Williamsport: “We experienced severe thunderstorms in 2014 that blew down tomato plants, peppers and eggplant. My remaining crops were damaged by hail as well as wind.”

Jenifer D., Williamsport: “I haven’t had any major disasters, but I know now that most of my problems were my fault. Total lack of preparation on my part, poor research on the plants and bad follow up care caused my problems. So I’m now more informed! Also, lemon balm by my mint garden is not good.”

Edie D., Loyalsock Township: “My worst gardening disaster was crab grass! Trying to get it out of my garden area involved a lot of pulling up!”

Bea B., Montoursville: “I read that ashes provide potash to soil and went crazy. The plants began to die. The soil test revealed I had brought the PH of the soil up to 8! Ouch!”