Welcome to Real Gardening – a new blog that I hope will become a meeting place for gardeners, garden lovers, garden makers and, perhaps, the garden-curious.
I call it Real Gardening because, well, I’m like most gardeners: I’m not an expert. I have learned by trial and error – and more error than trial.
My garden – much as I love it – is too often neglected as weekends run out of time, children and grandchildren take hours out of the day, and as work, tragically, interferes with my gardening time. I’m too often indecisive about what should go where, and so I procrastinate. The garden suffers.
Weeds fight my plants and bindweed is the bane of my garden. I work at controlling it – but I’m having a time of it.
Real life gets in the way of our gardening lives and so we make do. We plant when we can, water when we remember, deadhead whenever there’s an opportunity.
My saving grace is that I do learn: from my mistakes, from some wonderful gardeners I have been lucky enough to spend time with, from the gardening books I collect and devour, from every gardener I encounter – online here, in their gardens or at various public gardens and gardening events.
My garden will be open to visitors this summer, likely for a fund-raising pond tour in June and certainly for Hamilton Spectator Open Garden Week in July. I hope I see some (many?) of you then. In the meantime, let’s get this conversation started.
Check back each day for my Garden Tip of the Day. Sometimes, it will be gardening advice, sometimes a gardening article or link or book I want to recommend. Sometimes, a story. Sometimes, a rant.
Regardless, I hope to be a little bit entertaining and a little bit informative – not necessarily in that order.