“Darwinian Gardening: Like everything else, gardening works best if you know yourself. If you are aware that you tend to be disorganized and inattentive, plan a garden that can accommodate this. Choose flowers that can survive a little abuse and neglect. If a flower can’t live where you planted it, it didn’t belong in your garden anyway.” This advice, while originally directed at women with ADD, is pretty darn good advice for all gardeners. Their more specific advice that follows this quote is the type of stuff I had to figure out for myself. You don’t have to be “disorganized and inattentive” to find this useful, just busy. Thanks again to Doug Welch. I’m going to subscribe to that Feedster feed just as soon as Bloglines is up and running again.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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