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
It seems my list of things to do in the garden this year is getting longer by the day. There’s the roses that need to be dug up so all of the grass can be eliminated once and for all. Is this possible? Then there’s the many plants that need to find a new home because a large, diseased tree was cut down. They struggled through last year but I want them to thrive this year! I will also need to assess winter damage or possibly death from the bitter cold. There are many, many, many perennials to be divided. Did I say there were many? I could also spend days looking through the assortment of seed catalogs to simply figure out that I will plant the same sweet peas that I traditionally plant every year. Of course, I want to propagate some shrubs by using the layering method. And how could I forget weeding? All those precious weeds need to find their way into the yard debris bin. Maybe my garden fairies will help with that. But they won’t help until I’ve created their fairy home and garden! Sheesh!! I better get started. Wait. I need a nap first.
It’s an incredibly beautiful Mothers’ Day today. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. What a great way to start the day. I thought I should write a little about my business today. I’ve started this plant rescue and exchange and it’s going great! I’ve never been happier. It dawned on me yesterday that people may not realize they don’t need plants to exchange to come into my business. The plants I already have in stock are for sale too. I have them priced so reasonably. I want gardening to be affordable for everyone! An advantage to purchasing plants from me, is they have all been grown in our weather and not in a greenhouse. This is a huge advantage for the plants to get established in your yard. Now, go get those hands dirty!
I can only speak from my own experience on this. The textbooks may disagree. If you really need to divide perennials during a hot spell, try to do it in the morning hours. Be sure to soak the plant to make sure the roots are moist. Cut back as much foliage as you’re comfortable with. Now you’re ready to dig it up. After you’re dug it up, divided and potted your plant, be sure to water well. Keep the plant out of full sun for about a week. The plant is already stressed and doesn’t need the full sun to add to it. Would love to hear your questions/comments.