This article is now published in the Barkley Sound Community Journal - The West Island Quarterly.
Confessions of a Garden Addict
Every morning, with my cup of coffee in one hand & the computer mouse in the other, I explore the world of internet gardening. While the dew is still damp on the grass & flowers, I can share horror stories of what the deer have done, find out the name of a new bug, garner techniques in growing heirloom veggies, swap seeds & in general connect with other addicts just like me… All before the end of my coffee & the start of my day.
I’ve recently connected with the ‘Dirty Girls’ in Skagway, Alaska. There’s a garden coach down in Oregon, a few hard-core gardeners on the mainland & all the way back to Ontario. I’m a member of a garden community that spans the globe & I’ve learned so much over the last few months, I really need to keep better notes on my own yard.
During one of my morning sessions, a web-gardener shared a list of symptoms to help one figure out if they are truly a Garden Addict. I’ve modified some of them slightly to make them my own & for local flavour.
You Know You’re Addicted to Gardening When…
- you have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean
- you talk ‘dirt’ over dinner or while fishing or anytime/anywhere
- when considering your budget, plants & garden supplies they are more important than groceries or clothes
- you can give away plants easily, but compost is another thing
- your form of relaxing after a full day of work is to spend 2 hours weeding the flower & veggie beds
- on your day off, you have no problem getting up at 6 a.m. in order to work on gardening projects
- your preferred reading material are seed, bulb & garden tool catalogs & gardening magazines
- you take every single person who enters your house on a ‘garden tour’
- you grab other people’s banana peels, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc for your compost pile
- your boss makes ‘taking care of the (office or lodge) plants’ an official part of your job description
- you find yourself feeling leaves, flowers & trunks of trees wherever you go – even in city parking lots
- you always carry pruners, garden gloves & plastic bags in your extra large purse or cloth bag ‘just in case’
- you like the smell of compost, dirt or a full day of outdoor work better than Estee Lauder
- you have pride in how bad your hands look
- you’d rather go to a nursery or garden centre to shop than to a clothes store
- you ask for tools for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries & any other occasion you can think of
- you can’t bear to thin seedlings & throw them away – replanting them into empty spots all around the yard makes you rich
- you scold total strangers who don’t take care of their potted plants
- you give free ‘lessons’ on how to dead-head flowers
- And last, but not least – you know that the four seasons are:
- Planning the Garden
- Preparing the Garden
- And Planning & Preparing for the next Garden