While nearing four years since my first column was published, it has been an adventurous run. Compliments abound and I’m sincerely grateful for all of them. Hardly a day goes by that my wife, my family members, or I don’t get kudos for an article that was published by The Goshen News pertaining to my “The Dirt on Gardening” column.
I was somewhat hesitant when first approached by the publisher and editor (as I had never done anything like this before) but they gave me a chance to prove myself with my somewhat-better-than-average knowledge of many of gardening’s trials and tribulations.
The 16 years that I managed Everett’s Garden Center was a blessing to me because it gave me first-hand knowledge of all the various annuals, perennials, shrubs & trees, and the fertilizers and treatments to protect and enhance them.
I conveyed to them that I wasn’t a journalist or that I had no horticultural degree to tack on the wall — only a love of gardening with my spin and tongue-in-cheek approach at times. I like to make them an easy read with a little humor at times so that everyone can enjoy them with a little chuckle or smile but at the same time gain a little more knowledge than they first had.
I relish all the inquiries and am thankful that each and every one of you stops me at the store with a question or a compliment or the gardeners that call me with pertinent questions about their particular problem. It’s part of my job and always a new challenge that I relish so keep them coming.
One of my more recent calls was about putting grass clippings on gardens. While I don’t object to this practice, care should be taken for more than one reason.
What is the main reason for putting clippings on a garden? It may be for mulching or it may be to build and replenish the soil with humus.