Friday, August 20, 2010
GUTS: A New Gardener's Acronym
Where we garden, whether it is on the edge of the Arctic Circle or the middle of the Mojave Desert or some place in between can make it tough to grow what it seems like everyone else is growing.
Our soil can make for a tough situation, too, whether it is because it is sticky, heavy wet clay soil that sticks to every garden tool that it comes in contact with, or an abundance of rocks that the shovel can barely penetrate without jarring us with each attempt to dig.
Or maybe the tough situation is that we have to plant the garden on a steep hill? Or in a flat area that floods and takes forever to dry out in the spring.
GUTS is when you go without rain for several weeks and have too many days of temperatures well above average. It’s gut wrenching to see how the plants adapt, or don’t adapt. In your gut you know that some plants will just simply have to be let go, to live or not live without your assistance with watering.
Often where two or more gardeners gather, the conversations turns to who has the most guts to GUTS. It’s not a contest I want to win.
Yes, it takes guts to garden under tough situations (GUTS).
Do you have the guts to do it?