You probably know someone (maybe even yourself) who has said, “Gardening is too hard. There is so much to learn. I just know if I plant something, I’ll kill it.”

Well, of course you will. Everyone who has ever gardened since Adam and Eve has killed a plant. This is called learning. It’s how we figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Many of you are probably confident cooks. But you did not emerge at birth with a spatula in one had and an egg beater in the other, ready to make a quiche. No. You watched your mother cook, asked questions, pitched in every now and then, and discovered with each success that cooking is really fun.  Gardening is like that.

So a few truisms about gardening:

  1. Don’t get upset when plants die. Think of it not as failure, but opportunity. Now you have the chance to try something new and maybe more interesting.
  2. Power company pruning crews are not artists. If they say they are going to prune your trees, assume they will do so in the ugliest way possible. If you can be there when they come, they will maybe cause less destruction with you as a witness.
  3. Simon and Garfunkel sang about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme for a reason. Because they are so easy to grow. You should try them. They could have added basil, chives, oregano and dill, but that would have messed up their song.
  4. Enjoy hydrangeas all winter long. Spray paint them in your favorite colors, or spray with a clear lacquer to preserve them as dried flowers. And those huge limelight hydrangeas by the CVS in Sea Cliff? If you have those, just cut, dry, and put in a vase.
  5. It’s a mistake to copy what your neighbor is doing in his garden. It assumes he knows what he’s doing, and you know what they say about one who ‘assumes.’
  6. The surest way to kill a plant is to make it the focal point of your garden.

Gardening is fun, and never more so than when you watch things grow that you your very self planted.  You do not need a green thumb to get started, just a sense of adventure, a little plot of land, some sun and water. Soon you’ll be a veteran and giving others the wisdom of your experience.

7.  Start some seeds inside now, and transplant seedlings to the garden in May. You’ll be happy you did. Don’t have the patience? Buy your seedlings (organic of course) from us.

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