4. The Best Gardening Advice – Morale

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Pansy, the happy flower.

Hey beginners, we do need fluff sometimes. The happy stuff.

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Since you’re surrounding yourself with experts to help you in a pinch, they help in less tangible ways too. They will help you keep it real to avoid unnecessary expense and wasted time – the practical things. They also do things you might not realize initially.

Told you that you need friends. But people are not your only friends… nature is a great teacher and one sure to become one of your closest friends if you let it.

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These friends, your human buds and nature’s buds, will most likely help to change your lifestyle too. Think I am kidding?

Chill Mon, Just be Happy!

Gardening makes you a more compassionate person. You care for the environment and start to care for the wildlife that visit. What you develop most important is passion for what you are doing and believe.

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Your friends help build this path by guiding, boosting your interest, morale and new-found abilities. They keep you on track. Nature builds fervor for exploration and love of the environment.

But with that love, comes responsibility. Responsibility to care for the habitat where these creatures make their living. This means no sprays and anything that ends in “cide”. We all benefit from this interconnectedness and also all share the damage too.

This is one of the biggest mistakes a beginner makes. They get sucked into using commercial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides – because it is immediate and easy. Nature is much more efficient and has ways of keeping a balance. The dragonflies below eat an awful lot of garden pests. Maybe, just let nature help you.

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You will pride yourself on how creative you have become once you find your direction. You will welcome the rain and be happy when you rest in winter just as the garden does.

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The big bonus, you will be a much happier person. The difference that it makes to your creativity and ability to learn will surprise you.

Get Off My Grass!!!!

I am sure you met a few grumps along the way, you know those ladies that shoo the kids, swear when the ball topples the flowers and yell at everybody to get off the grass. But I doubt these woman are real gardeners. Gardening equals joy. Planting petunias does a gardener not make if there is no one there to admire them.

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Butterfly Effect

When you learn something new and find that it works great, pay it forward and share the news. Your energy may just inspire others. Be the butterfly that flaps its wings and makes big things happen. Do you see big things everywhere you look? I do.

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Now that we have changed your frame of mind, let’s hear how what I explained works in practice in the next few posts. What is it that experienced gardeners always don’t seem to understand?

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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37 Responses to 4. The Best Gardening Advice – Morale

  1. You are right: gardening and my garden make me a happy person. I have gardened with no “cides” for 30 years and haven’t had an insurmountable problem yet. Visitors always comment “listen to all the birds”. If I can run my commercial nursery organically, then a home gardener can surely do it.

  2. Love this message! Just yesterday my neighbor was saying that she doesn’t like any kind of bugs. Obviously she is not a gardener! Welcoming nature and all she has to offer really makes life easier for the gardener. It is a completely different mindset that I think more people are beginning to embrace. Gardening (and I use the term loosely here) in a sterile environment really isn’t gardening you are just growing plants for very little purpose.

  3. Using all those pesticides, killing everything in your path, that isn’t gardening. Using a bunch of chemical fertilizers to ‘roid up all your plants isn’t gardening. And while there are people out there who are trying to figure out how to rid their garden of all insects, I (and many others out there) am planning and plotting out what plants to add to bring the bugs into the garden….interesting.

  4. HolleyGarden says:

    I do think that gardening brings one closer to nature, just because we are outdoors so much and see all the different creatures that others may not. Or, when they do see them, they are afraid of them. In gardening, you learn not to kill anything you don’t recognize – it might be beneficial. Then we want to learn more about them, and nature is always fascinating. So, round and round it goes – gardening and bugs go hand in hand.

  5. I think you can be a happier gardener when you learn to live with a few weeds. I’m not just referring to the use of herbicides; I’m talking about letting go of the guilt if you’ve been busy with other things and haven’t pulled weeds in awhile. When you finally get time to relax in your garden, do just that– Don’t apologize to guests about the weeds. Enjoy the flowers and vegetables and animal visitors and ignore the weeds.

  6. alesiablogs says:

    Weeds happen……

  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    Tremendous photos and commentary! We only have space for pots and try to make the must of it each year often planting flowers we know the hummingbirds like, along with a few herbs and hot peppers also usually do quite well.

  8. Loving your captures – those dragonflies are AMAZING – Happy Monday:)

  9. A.M.B. says:

    What an inspiring post! You have a wonderful perspective–thanks for sharing it. Great pictures, too. I love the dragonflies.

  10. I’m happy just looking at the gardens you photograph!

  11. WOW! Very stunning images. The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.

  12. Gardening definitely brings a sense of contentment, reinforced by watching the bees and meeting the people walking by the front garden while I am working.

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    Great post!
    We don’t use pesticides in our yard or garden.

  14. Christy says:

    Gardening brings me such joy and pleasure. It’s relaxing and gratifying. You’re right, most gardeners care about the environment and wildlife. Gardening brings wonderful people into your life that you probably would never have met. Let’s face it…gardening is GREAT!

    • I am not sure most gardeners care about the environment or wildlife. I work with hundreds of clients, some of which are long time gardeners, and they use pesticides and herbicides to kill everything that moves. Even many individuals in the MG program use these also. Having immediacy and control is far more important to quite a number of people.

      • christy says:

        I guess I’m just lucky because the gardeners I know are concerned about the environment and wildlife. We share ideas about what to use instead of pesticides and herbicides. Another good reason to have gardening friends….you have someone to ask questions and bounce ideas around!

        • I too give them my philosophy, but again, it takes time for people to come around. I always tell them, yes, fertilizer will give that instant greening and bigger bloom, until it doesn’t. By this I mean that plants come to rely on this like a drug addict relies on crack. Look at lawns that have years and years of applications. The blades are thin and spindly after many years and cannot deal with environmental stresses, just like the crack user. I really get their attention with this comparison.

  15. Layanee says:

    The garden is a respite and gardening should be a labor of love. When you stop enjoying the task relax and do something else. It will wait.

  16. And waitign for pat 4 was worth it. Care for our natural world means care for where we live, means care for others and ourselves, so your post talks about all gaining and it means just a little effert of conciousness from our part and it is so much fun to garden!

  17. Great advice Donna to get those gardeners started. Letting the garden be a friend is so important.

  18. While I was answering questions at the mall one of the folks wanted to rid their yard of all insects and other critters…with poisons….and they had a vegetable garden. These are not gardeners…..I did talk to the husband about the use of poisons around food — deaf ears? who knows.

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