So, what do we think of “Master Gardeners”?

There has been on ongoing “rant” about the title of Master Gardener. Many think that the name needs to be changed and that many MG’s let the name go to their head and that many are even… boring! Yawn. Really? Here’s the deal for me. You’re going to find many boring people in many fields. Get over it! You will also find many “experts” in many fields who have let their title go to their head. Doctors come to mind here. But they’re still freakin intelligent and knowledgeable in their field. It doesn’t mean they know it all. They continue education and practice their skills. My martial arts instructors are considered Masters and are incredibly skilled. But they continue to practice and continue to learn. THAT’s what Masters do. I think some of these people should look in Oxford’s dictionary and find out what master really means. Ok. So maybe the entire MG program throughout the US is not equal in education, training and volunteering. But it’s run primarily by volunteers. We are volunteers, people! Ok. So if we should look at renaming the program, maybe Master Gardener apprentice would be more appropriate. Apprentice or not, I need to stop ranting and get back to my garden. peace out

Here Comes Sunshine

Every gardener should have Sunshine helping them in their garden. Nothing would get done without Sunshine. It’s been months now since I’ve seen Sunshine. Sunshine  will be helping me in my garden tomorrow and Saturday; I’m not talking about that big, round, fiery ball of light we rarely see in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunshine is a young man who has the work ethic of someone who grew up in the 50’s. He’s not afraid of hard work. He’s not afraid of a challenge. He restores my hope in today’s youth. Some of them do know how to work hard.  In spite of being young, he knows his way around the garden and he’s not afraid of it.

Now to make his list. I always have a list. Just ask anyone who has ever helped me in my yard.  Buahahahaha! When he arrives (and he’s always on time), we go through the list. I give him time to ask questions and once answered, off he goes. The first task is usually to locate the proper tools for the job. They could be anywhere really. It’s a good thing he’s not afraid to go on this adventure of searching where they were left last. We try really hard to put things away, but truth be told, my husband struggles with this. Shhhh. Don’t tell him I said that. 🙂

It’s a good thing we only have 1/3 acre! Sunshine’s list is finished. Now it’s time to make mine. At the top my list will be to locate those pruners that I saw my husband using last weekend. Wish me luck!