Personal design preferences

It's just not for me.

It’s just not for me.

This blog is actually a short diatribe. I consider myself a hobby gardener of mediocre skill. I’m not a master gardener. I can’t devote more than few hours per week to my gardens. And while I try my best to research, read and learn – much of my gardening is a lot of guesswork and trial-and-error.

To aid in learning more about my passion, I subscribe to magazines, follow gardening bloggers and follow experts on Twitter. So now I get to my diatribe, I don’t understand why so many gardeners are all about re-use, re-purpose and shabby chic. I don’t want to make broken crockery into stepping-stones, I want nice stone stepping-stones. I don’t want to turn a tire, bathtub, old boat or whatever other trash-find into a garden accoutrement. Why would I hang old bent forks from strings in my trees when the local nursery sells beautiful wind chimes?

Also what do chickens have to do with gardening? Gardening and building an urban coop for birds is not a given. I like fresh eggs and enjoy a rotisserie chicken from Costco. I don’t think  my Neighborhood Association wants farm animals here. I have visions of chickens running through our neighborhood attracting hawks and coyotes. It is possible to be a great gardener and actually dislike chickens in my book.

So I apologize to everyone out there who loves to rejuvenate something old and broken to give it a new life. I apologize to the people who see beauty in every corner and find joy in making something past its prime pretty again. And if you have the acreage, interest, time, and money to raise fowl, let me know and I’ll buy eggs from you. It’s just not me. It’s just not my style.

I’d like more articles, bloggers and tweeters to share shiny new stuff that was designed for the purpose it is being used for.

So what’s your gardening style?


About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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