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Gardening with Laurie: Gardening is one size fits all hobby

By By Laurie Garretson
April 26, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 25, 2012 at 11:26 p.m.

Laurie Garretson

This time of year, with the beautiful weather, everybody becomes a gardener.

There's just something about the spring that causes people to want to be outdoors and plant something. Usually, some type of blooming plant.

Unfortunately, many of these people buy a plant just on a whim, not having any idea how to care for it. They have no idea how to water it, what kind of light requirement it needs, how big it will get and never think about feeding it.

Not knowing how to keep a plant happy usually leads to disappointment. Often, all it takes is one failed attempt at keeping a plant alive to end a person's desire to garden. I see this happen time and time again.

I believe gardening should be working with nature. This is something all humans were meant to do in some form or fashion. No one is ever too young or too old to become a gardener.

If you enjoy gardening and have children or grandchildren or just know a child, or adult who has never gardened, then you are needed.

Nature needs you to share your love of gardening with anyone who has an interest in trying it. I think you will be surprised at how rewarding it can be to introduce someone, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a child, to the "magic" of gardening.

I often meet older people who have finally discovered the joys of gardening. One of the first comments they make is how they wish someone would have shown them how to garden at a younger age. Adults are always so surprised by the tranquility they get from working in the soil. In today's world, don't we all need a bit of tranquility?

If given the chance, children are naturals at gardening. Most young kids would love nothing better than to play in the dirt. Planting a seed, caring for it, watching it sprout and mature, then have it produce a flower or vegetable can give any child great pride. Gardening teaches us all to respect nature and responsibility to our planet.

Most children today spend more time in front of a television or computer screen than ever before. Gardening helps to get people outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. Gardening usually does require some form of physical activity, and that's something all humans can benefit from.

All in all, there is nothing gardening has to offer us that won't benefit someone in some fashion. Gardening is definitely a one size fits all fashionable thing to do.

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to laurie@vicad.com or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.

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