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Garden Ramblings The perfect garden?

Posted Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 5:46 PM

I STILL have not planted my warm weather crops. Before long, I might as well just plant them in the soil, BUT not today.

I saw a blog today about someone wanting to start the "perfect organic garden". The best advice I saw given was to not expect a perfect garden immediately or for the next few years. I see the garden as a continual work in progress, so I don't know if I will ever have a perfect garden.

One of our garden club visitors this past week is a gardener of at least 40, if not 50 years and she did not have the perfect garden last year. I believe it was beans that did not perform well, but we are almost all going to have something that does not live up to expectations. I have a number of them each year.

My point is, don't be discouraged if your first garden does not work out according to your dreams when you put it in. The weeds are going to always seem stronger than your will and nature is going to throw a twist. Karma.

I just brought in what I HOPE will be our last load of firewood for the season. When Debbi and I brought the last trailer in, we put it up in "summer storage" because we thought we had enough to last near the house. Not quite. One more night????

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I'm sorry, I was unaware that perfect gardens existed outside Eden, aside from those in our imaginations. The perfect garden for me would be one where there were no weeds, no harmful insects, diseases or foraging animals, no hailstorm torn leaves, no water related emergencies, be they drought or drown, no......and the list goes on and on.

From my experience, whenever you view a garden that "seems" perfect, your perspective is that of a visitor, not the gardener, as he sees all the foibles. One sure rule of thumb about this subject: The more "perfect" a garden appears, the more work the gardener(s) has/have exerted!

-- Posted by dmcg on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 4:04 AM

Good point about "perfect" in the eyes of the visitor, or photograph. Most artists are never quite satisfied with their work for the same reason, they see the imperfections that we so often miss, or want to miss.

We see that in advertising all the time and it probably makes us chronically unsatisfied. Perfect complexion, perfect home, perfect child..............

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 7:45 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.