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Friday, September 30, 2011

Garden Lessons by the Hitching Post

What a perfect way to wrap up this last day of September with some simple but wise words from Thomas Holcroft. “The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post." The quote seems to fit in nicely with this topic of gardens lessons; those trials and tribulations of making our lives green.

Every year, if we truly love to sink our hands into the earth, our goal is to create something more wonderful than the way it was before we arrived. So, if you dare to share, what were your garden lessons for this year?

To get things rolling, I’ll go first. If you love composting like I do, you may stretch beyond the typical coffee grinds and spoiled fruits or veggies. But what happens with a mixed concoction gone awry?

Annie’s Garden Lesson: Never put the remaining fish carcasses you caught on the weekend outing into your compost bin, cover it up and then decide to turn it over! Nope, it’s not as easy as flipping pancakes. These fish heads just weren’t done cooking. At that point, the damage was done. Fortunately, you can douse it with some charcoal briquettes to smother the odor just in case this ever happens to you. The guidepost of the story: there’s hope that this fish escapade of mine makes for some rich soil when all is said and done.

So what’s your favorite lesson from the garden this year? Think of the hitching post as the old fashion water cooler, where the locals hang out and share their summer tales. Have one? Hope you’ll share so we can use these lessons as guideposts and not get stuck on them down by the hitching post! Happy Friday.  

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