On this occasion of my 1,200th post on this blog, I’ve decided to answer some of the commonly asked questions about me, my garden, and my hoes.
1. Do you really wear a long white dress when mowing the lawn? No, usually I wear a long green dress because green is my favorite color. Wait, Dr. Hortfreud would not like me telling tales like that. The truthful answer is no, I don’t wear a long white dress while mowing the lawn. I wear jeans or light cotton pants and a t-shirt. The t-shirt is almost always green.
2. Do you use a reel mower? I wish! I have enough lawn to mow that I don't think it would be practical to use a reel mower. Plus, I think those mowers are hard to push and they cut the grass very short. I believe that the grass should never be shorter than three inches, except maybe the last time you mow before winter. Of course, if someone wants to provide me with a new reel mower that mows the lawn to a height of not less than three inches, I’d be happy to try it out.
3. So why did you put on a long white dress and that funny hat and pose for a picture with a reel mower? I didn’t! I clipped that picture from the cover of a 1910 seed catalog. As I recall, it was Hortense Hoelove’s idea. She thought it would be fun.
4. How many hoes do you have? It depends on your definition of “hoe”. I’ve got some tools that are hoe-like, but some wouldn’t say that qualifies them to be called hoes. Let’s just say I have countless hoes because every time I try to count them and think I’ve counted them all, I find one someplace that didn’t get counted.
5. Do you think you’ll get any more hoes? I hope so! I won’t rest as long as there is some type of hoe out there that I haven’t had a chance to try out in my garden.
6. Do you hire help for your garden? Help? No, not for this garden. Well, there were some guys who came and installed the lawn but other than that I’ve planted every tree, shrub, and perennial in the garden myself. And I tend the vegetable garden myself, too, which means I get first pick at all the produce, including those tomatoes I picked last night, pictured above. I didn’t think there would be many to pick, so I didn’t take a basket or trug out with me. Turns out there were lots of tomatoes to pick including two ‘Purple Cherokee’, two ‘Illini Star’, one ‘Ace’ and oodles of cherry tomatoes. I only picked the ‘Black Cherry’ tomatoes. I used my stretched out shirt to carry them all back to the house. I’ll pick the others this evening. Yes, ‘Purple Cherokee’ is very good, I’ll grow it again. ‘Illini Star’ is okay but I probably won’t grow it again. I’ve already said how much I love ‘Black Cherry’ tomatoes, haven’t I? I will always grow them!
7. What kind of gardening do you do? As soon as someone meets me for the first time and finds out I “garden”, they usually ask me what kind of gardening I do. I never knew quite how to answer it. “All kinds” sounds flippant. Listing what I grow sounds like GADS. Finally today, I think I have an answer… the breathing kind of gardening. I’ll let you think about what that means, and then someday, I’ll ask Dr. Hortfreud to explain it.
What kind of gardening do you do?