I read a lot. Most of what I read is a huge variety of “how-to” stuff. I really enjoy learning new things, improving on the skills I already have, and helping others who hope to enjoy these things I love. I just think that of all the great things I know how to do, gardening help should be free.
I’m not talking about spending hours or days teaching someone how to garden. That could (and should) take a lifetime. I am also not talking about the things you create from your gardening expertise. You grow gourds then turn them into gourd art – you should sell your wares. What I am talking about, is sharing what you know with others, then we can all benefit from growing our own stuff.
Not everyone has a green thumb, nor does everyone want to be one, but for those that do the information should be free. I love sharing my gardening info with others. I especially love sharing my mistakes. The mistakes (for me) are my best way of learning. I find it funny that the mistakes stick in my head forever, do it right and I will have to go back and remember what I did. (Heaven forbid I have too much junk floating around in my head all the time that distracts my remembering!)
I am connected to a ton of blogs, forums, and Q & A sites that all find sharing is caring when it comes to gardening. It corks me off to see someone want to charge for a bit of helpful advice. If you are building a book, that’s fine and more power to you; but if you are asked a simple question on how to solve a specific problem, just help a buddy Green-thumber out!
Gardening is not easy, but it is rewarding. Not just in the awesome food you can produce all by yourself, but for the great feelings you get along the way:
- Playing in the mud when you are older than ten – and getting away with it!
- The first seed that sprouts.
- The first flower on your plants.
- The first fruit (veg or whatever you are growing) that shows up.
- Running out in a storm to cover and protect your babies (you put a ton of work into them).
The first time you grow enough food to have extra to share with others, well that’s a feeling that you will never forget!
So live, laugh, learn, and love your growing efforts; be it flowers, fruits, veggies, trees, bushes, or whatever trips your trigger. Just don’t forget to share!