I read the SouleMama blog and she is a prolific writer who I admire, she blogs a lot. Right now she is doing a series on other people’s gardens called A Garden Tour. I have listed her basic questions to each of her guest gardeners below and am going to pretend she has chosen me to profile.
- Why do you garden?
For color, for the waxing blooms, for crispness and neat lines. It is more art than food for me although with a permanent sweet tooth and a tiny streak of survivalist in me I occasionally grow fruit and other things to eat. I feel accomplished when I can serve something I grew for dinner. Potato plants have purple or white flowers to enjoy during the summer so they meet both of my objectives when I can also harvest the crop.
- How would you describe your garden?
Truly makeshift, as I garden where I am and I am happy to work on someone else’s garden if that is the only thing around for me to weed. I am taking over a new yard late this summer and the current owner is clearly a nursery goer, a shopper. The only real problem that I can see is that there is a bit too much, it’s too haphazard, and there are three big trees that most likely need to come out. Yikes, big tree removal = big money expenditure.
On the other hand, the prior owner is really leaving behind a lot of very nice foundation plants and I am looking forward to their big size and the fact that I won’t be starting from scratch. So I will be clarifying what she has, adding some of my favorite colors (pink, peach, purple and red) and putting a few food plants in.
- What’s your biggest gardening accomplishment?
I usually have the most weed free garden around, I keep deadheads to a minimum, all stray and browning leaves are plucked and trimmed. It’s neat and tidy all the way.
- Can you share one of your favorite gardening tips?
One tip? No, I have three tips. I use an old kitchen knife to get at weeds from underneath, just pulling the tops off doesn’t do much and I see people do that all the time. Also, I mulch with steer manure as bark chip are never going to break down into nice soft soil in my lifetime. Finally, weed barrier? Just say no – it always ends up showing and it’s ugly.
I also keep in mind the proverb “the best fertilizer is a gardener’s shadow.” Which means to me, it the hands-on time, not the stuff that comes in plastic bottles.
- Can you tell us about yourself?
Thanks for asking Amanda! I am slightly past middle age, pretty darn short and very goal oriented. I suppose there are other ways to describe myself but that sums up a lot of it.