When Did Work Become a Four-Letter Word?
Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 13
As you all know from a recent open letter I wrote, I think that everyone in the garden biz made a serious error a few years back. Myself included.
We thought that the way to attract people to plants and gardening was to tell them how easy it was. Books were written about low-maintenance gardening, container garden recipes were promoted, and garden centers stressed how easy, easy, easy it all is. All of it was a lie.
Even the most reliable, low-work plantings take effort.
It’s time that everyone in this country started telling the truth. There is no easy button. Even fast food has a price, not in dollars but in our health. Most things in life that are worthwhile take determination and energy to move toward completion.
I think that we made the concept of laboring to move forward into something abhorrent so that products can be sold. It’s too high a price. Work should be something that we value, not a concept to be avoided.
My husband and I dug dahlia tubers today, and cleared one of the vegetable gardens. It was hard work, and it was wonderful.