Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Know You're Addicted To Gardening When...

Your neighbors recognize you in your pajamas, rubber clogs and a cup of coffee.

You grab other people's banana peels, coffee grinds, apple cores, etc. for your compost pile.

You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean.

All your neighbors come and ask you questions.

You know the temperature of your compost every day.

You buy a bigger truck so that you can haul more mulch.

You enjoy crushing Japanese beetles because you like the sound that it makes.

Your boss makes "taking care of the office plants" an official part of your job description.

Everything you touch turns to "fertilizer".

Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in botanical names.

You find yourself feeling leaves, flowers and trunks of trees wherever you go, even at funerals.

You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals.

You plan vacation trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.

You sneak home a 7 foot Japanese Maple and wonder if your spouse will notice.

When considering your budget, plants are more important than groceries.

You always carry a shovel, bottled water and a plastic bag in your trunk as emergency tools.

You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewelry.

You talk "dirt" at baseball practice.

You spend more time chopping your kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.

You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.

You rejoice in rain...even after 10 straight days of it.

You have pride in how bad your hands look.

You have a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.

You can give away plants easily, but compost is another thing.

Soil test results actually mean something.

You understand what IPM means and are happy about it.

You'd rather go to a nursery to shop than a clothes store.

You know that Sevin is not a number.

You take every single person who enters your house on a "garden tour".

You look at your child's sandbox and see a raised bed.

You ask for tools for Christmas, Mother/Father's day, your Birthday and any other occasion you can think of.

You can't bear to thin seedlings and throw them away.

You scold total strangers who don't take care of their potted plants.

You know how many bags of fertilizer/potting soil,/mulch your car will hold.

You drive around the neighborhood hoping to score extra bags of leaves for your compost pile.

Your preferred reading matter is seed catalogs.

And last but not least, you know that the four seasons are:

Planning the Garden

Preparing the Garden



Preparing and Planning for the next Garden.

-Author Unknown


10 Blessed Comments:

Home In The Hollow June 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

I am so gald that someone shares my feelings about gardening and about those Japanese Beetles crunching (sometimes, I'll admit that I actually say, "die you sucker" as I goosh them between my fingers!

ClassyChassy June 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

That's a great list - and a long one! I believe it is all true, too!!!

Chatty Crone June 24, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

Okay I believe you are addicted to gardening.

Hey I have a friend so addicted she has lost her fingerprints - at the DMV they ask her is she gardens!


Laura June 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

I was laughing and agreeing the whole time.
How can I find dumpsters with bulbs???
I'm there!

White Spray Paint

Maureen June 25, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

Wow - that's quite the list! I was staring to think you were superwoman and was kind of relieved to see 'Author Unknown'!

The comment about 'wash your hair to clean your fingernails' really cracked me up. Great post!

Burlap Luxe June 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

Beautiful. way to much beauty.
I too love to garden ad get next to what God has given us.

rose June 26, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

some of these I can say that i follow in this area, but stll not good at gardening,. Thanks for sharing. have a good day. rose

MyJourneyBack June 26, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

Oh I love this. I could have written it if I was more creative. btw noticed you decided to follow. Thanks for joining.
See you soon.

Debbie June 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

What a great addiction to have! Exercise and wonderful food as the end result.

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