Cultivating a Gardener in 6 Easy Steps

Create the most amazing garden ever! In just 10 short years! 


Garden trio

Excepted from The City Paper, March 24, 2013: So, you want to grow a garden, but you’re not sure where to begin. You get that dreamy look on your face when you enter the backyards of gardeners who seem to have The Gift, and you long for a Shangri-La of your own.

But you’re still not 100 percent clear on perennial vs. annual, and which is the one that keeps coming back every year.

The good news is: It’s OK. Breathe. You don’t have to speak Latin or understand soil chemistry to break ground. But there’s one question to ask yourself before you dig in: Do you want A garden, or do you want TO garden? Noun or verb?…read the full story at The City Paper archive.

City Paper gardens

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7 thoughts on “Cultivating a Gardener in 6 Easy Steps

  1. Wait 36 years, which is deceptive, as one is ‘working the soil and garden’ all that time, slowly evolving to today’s perfection, which tomorrow needs to be tweaked even again. It is always right, today, with minor disatisfactions or new wants. (“The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.” Berthold Auerbach) My one piece of advice: let the dogs and children form the footpaths…..they make them convenient. Notice that, and there won’t be struggles to save a plant from extinction by feet.

  2. Lovely article, made me laugh! Thanks for the reminder about botanical time…I’m making a new garden in a biggish plot (after years of tiny city gardens), and it is sloooow work – but I do love it!

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