Dear Hortense Hoelove,
What is it about fall that makes us become reflective and sedentary?
Speak for yourself. I've got four bulb orders on their way and an entire garden to weed and clean up for fall. I also need to clean up the garage and make sure that all of the hoes are safely stored for the winter. Plus, I need to entice the garden fairies into the sun room, plant some hands in the garden for Halloween and oh, my look at the time. I need to get to work.
Anyway, there will be time to reflect on summer and gardening when it is too cold to be outside. In the meantime, I can assure you that the leaves of the honey locust are so small and fine there is no need to rush out there with your best leaf rake so you can rake them all into a big pile. Just mow over those that fall on the lawn and leave those that fall on the borders and beds alone. It looks nice and fall like.
I need help putting the fun back into gardening. Can you help?
Let's see... how to put the fun back in gardening. Would that make it garfundening? Or gardenfuning? Or maybe gfunardening, pronounced with a silent "g"?
I'm kidding. There are lots of ways to put the fun back in gardening. Start by making your garden a "garden fairy" friendly environment. Once you've done that -- who hoo -- there will be no end to the fun you'll have in gardening.
(With assistance from Thorn Goblinfly, Chief scribe for the garden fairies for May Dreams Gardens)
Dear Ms. Hoelove,
What do you call someone who puts the fun in gardening?
V. Q. Gardener
Dear V. Q.
I call someone who puts the fun in gardening a Garfundenologist.