The latest trend in gardening is…
I’m still shaking my head at all the “rather interesting” ways people find to garden and sell stuff online. Raised gardening, sunken gardening, container gardening… The list goes on and on ad nauseum.
My garden is simple.
- Soil – what passes for soil in our island – some form of clay.
- Compost or organic matter. As much as I can add or afford on a yearly basis.
- Fish emulsion for plants that require higher nitrogen levels.
- Mulch of some kind.
- Hand weeding to keep the worst offenders at bay.
But online there’s somebody selling raised gardens and sunken gardens. Container gardens and beer barrel gardens were the rage last year. X or Y and… (Insert your latest gardening advice or new and improved system here.)
And I’ve seen these fads come and go over the years (damn but that sounds like I’ve entered my old-guy routine again) and there’s always somebody trying to make a buck selling a wonder system that guarantees to revolutionize gardening.
My way is so old-fashioned, so out of date in our computerized world and all it does is generate enough food and flowers for the both of us. We can’t show it off to our neighbours as the latest or best, we can’t publicize it and make a ton of money, nor does it fit into any form of new and improved garden book.
- Organic matter.
- Great plants.
- Appropriate light levels.
It’s the oldest trend in gardening and it still works.
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