|One of several buckets of compost|
I like to know that what I’m doing is correct. If I think I’m doing something wrong, there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll freeze in my tracks and do nothing. This applies to most areas in my life but it was especially true in my life as an inexperienced gardener.
Not knowing when to prune the azaleas (or if you prune them at all) meant that they didn’t get pruned. Not knowing when to plant cool season vegetable seeds meant that I bought my carrots from the grocery store. And not knowing when my compost was done meant I just kept adding to it and made it so that it never was, in fact, finished composting.
But I’ve been learning more about these types of things over the years and gaining confidence as a reuslt. It’s always a little surprising to me when I actually learn something that is halfway technical - a botanical name, for instance. But what is more surprising than eventually learning a few impressive sounding names and when to perform specific chores was the realization that as far as hobbies go, gardening is pretty forgiving and it doesn’t matter if I do everything right. The expert advice may say to plant your Japanese maple in the fall, but if you decide to plant in spring, everything should eventually work out. I like this about gardening. It keeps it relaxing to me and makes it more than just a scientific experiment with a strict set of rules that need to be followed.
|This is a newly renovated section and that space between the Japanese maples is begging for a few|
more plants. I apologize for the over exposure. This photo was taken with my phone at midday.