Carol over at May Dreams Gardens isn’t just hosting monthly meetings of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club, she’s now out there asking all kinds of provocative questions to the garden blogging community. So much for hibernating…it’s time to pony up some answers!
Earlier this month, she asked for people’s takes on what makes a gardener, and whether we consider ourselves to be one.
Oh, Carol. Such a can of worms you open…of course, from what I can tell, worms are a good thing in the gardening world!
I consider this question more often than a lot of people might think. I get questions from people looking for gardening information in my comments, but get additional questions by email. To those who email me with questions about gardening, let me say this: when you ask me a question, I Google the answer. This qualifies me to work in certain local garden centers, but doesn’t make me any more in control of a wide body of gardening knowledge than you are.
That being said, sure, I definitely consider myself a gardener. I put things in the ground (often after strong urging by Steve), and watch them get taller. Then I take their progeny and eat them.
What I have not yet gotten into as much as many of my more-experienced gardener friends is the yen for planting and maintaining perennial flowers. I have gotten to a point where I appreciate the work and the design that goes into a beautiful garden on any side of a house, but when I look at the flowers, I’m still a little exhausted by the sheer magnitude of the possibilities. What grows in shade? In sun? What zone do I live in? Is global warming putting me in another zone? I have no idea, and when I go try to research that stuff, I pull up short, retreat to what I learned in this year’s experience:
Plants are really interesting. So are the bugs that come with them. And if they’re vegetable plants, I get flowers AND food. It’s a pretty cool thing.
So maybe I’m not a good gardener, and definitely not one with a breadth of knowledge worth writing home about. But I grow things, and I like it. I think that’s enough to get me in the club.