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A nice idea in theory
Member Name: oxfordbloke
Date: 10/06/01, updated on 20/06/01 (22 review reads)
Advantages: Great when you succeed, Good exercise
Disadvantages: Soul destroying, Impossible, Expensive
A very personal opinion on gardening:
I really cant get to grips with gardening, and ive certainly tried.
Once i became a home-owner i figured that "doing the garden" was all part of the deal.
But i soon learned a critical flaw - everything keeps growing!
There are few pasttimes where the odds are so massively stacked against you. Kinda like running a bath with the plug out.
However much i pruned and trimmed, the plants i didnt want (mainly ivy and weeds on the lawn) just kept coming back. Mocking.
The things i did want to grow (grass and puny little shrubs from garden centres), resolutely did not.
And then there was all the names. Strange latin things and about 3,000 words to describe "something that kills plants."
And the money...oh, the money
The manager of my local Homebase drives a Bentley! Weedkiller, lawnfeed, soil (isnt that like buying air or water?), plants, pots, various tools, gloves, books. And it was never enough. Always needed one thing more. "You'll be needing a dibber" said the neighbour. Back to Homebase to look for the dibber section.
There must be an easier way.
When i was a kid my mother (bless her) used to spend a significant portion of her time cooking. These days she microwaves, boils in the bag, and buys ready made custard instead of Birds powder.
All this technology and invention to make life easier.
So where is it in the garden? Okay, so the lawnmower is quite tasty, but thats about it. The rest is old fashioned, back breaking, children down the mine, dead at 35 type stuff.
So i have given up. Or rather i have been beaten. I would like to pretend that the lawn turned into moss and weed only after i gave up, but its not the case.
My garden DID NOT WANT to be trimmed, edged, pruned and hoed. None of them do.
So dont get stressed about blackfly and sheep
wort. Give the garden back to nature, and save a fortune.
And if by chance you have mastered the green art of gardening, im willing to pay for a few hours a week....