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Freeper Gardeners ---- How to tell you're a compulsive gardener
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 9, 2008 | Jo Ann M. Hofheimer

Posted on 04/03/2009 7:21:12 AM PDT by Gabz

How to tell you're a compulsive gardener

1. When stuck in traffic, you want to weed the median strip.

2. On a walk in the neighborhood, you look at the plants so much that you trip on the sidewalk.

3. You find yourself worrying about your neighbor's plants. Especially when your neighbor is doing something stupid.

4. You are tempted to adopt those straggly, mishandled plants at the garden center because you think you can give them a good home.

5. You want to collect seeds from half the vegetables you eat.

6. You find yourself pruning, pruning, pruning because it's just so much fun to be in control.

7. You wish you could prune your neighbor's plants.

8. Visits to the zoo are more about plants than animals.

9. You wish all plants, everywhere, had labels.

10. In winter, you ease garden withdrawal by reading seed catalogs like novels.

11. You pass idle time by imagining how to plant pots to get the right combinations, then replant them.

12. When passing houses, you rearrange the entrance planting for every doorway.

13. You wish you could "cultivate the weather," as Karel Capek put it, to make it behave: regulate the rain, decree the last frost, hush the wind...

14. You refuse to wear a watch in the garden, because gardening should always be the perfect opportunity to live in the moment.

Jo Ann Hofheimer is an avid gardener who lives in Virginia Beach


TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Outdoors; Weather
KEYWORDS: digging; gardening; outdoors; spring
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I realize the article is from December, but I thought it a good way to start off our SEASON!!!
1 posted on 04/03/2009 7:21:12 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

Uh-oh. I think I’ve just been diagnosed.


2 posted on 04/03/2009 7:27:40 AM PDT by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama!)
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To: Gabz; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

Howdy, howdy FReeper Gardeners Everywhere!!!!!

How do you know you’re a compulsive gardener???

I came across this article from back in December while perusing the closest daily leftist rag this morning.

The past few months have added a large number of new folks to our gardening “group” so let’s welcome one and all.


3 posted on 04/03/2009 7:28:14 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: ottbmare

That’s a GOOD thing!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 04/03/2009 7:28:46 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz; Ellendra

:-) Pinging my daughter - who has been saving seeds. :-)


5 posted on 04/03/2009 7:28:52 AM PDT by knittnmom (FReeper formerly known as 80 Square Miles)
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To: Gabz

I want to plant my neighbor’s yards full of shrubs and trees.


6 posted on 04/03/2009 7:30:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Gabz

Oh noes! Guilty as charged...


7 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:15 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Gabz
4. You are tempted to adopt those straggly, mishandled plants at the garden center because you think you can give them a good home.

That's me! LOL.

Last year, my garden was just too huge, and I got hit with some unexpected time-stealers, so it looked horrible. This year, I'll scale back to something more manageable, like a 40'x40' garden, about 1/4 of last years.

8 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:58 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: knittnmom; Ellendra

Saving seeds is a GOOD thing!!!!


9 posted on 04/03/2009 7:32:08 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: cripplecreek

I’m lucky, my neighbor did that himself :)

Even better, he drives his tractor across the road and turns up my garden for me!!!


10 posted on 04/03/2009 7:33:46 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

Guilty as charged on all of the above except numbers 4 and 13. Now, I am declaring my punishment —out to the garden, it is a beautiful day here in NC!


11 posted on 04/03/2009 7:34:23 AM PDT by Tarheel (From the Old North State)
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To: Varda

So am I!!!


12 posted on 04/03/2009 7:34:46 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

My big spring event is my trip to Hidden Lakes Gardens for spring flower season. I Timed it perfect last year but this year I have a good camera to play with.

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/345793/index.html


13 posted on 04/03/2009 7:36:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; secret garden

I’m scaling back as well, only because it looks like I may have landed myself a part time job -— as a gardener at a museum in a nearby town!!!


14 posted on 04/03/2009 7:36:38 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

Wow. Call me “compulsive”. We we go to a nursery, I am compelled to weed the plants in pots. My husband is mortified. :)


15 posted on 04/03/2009 7:37:17 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gabz

My neighbor is a grass rancher. He keeps a near perfect lawn but it looks like a golf course.


16 posted on 04/03/2009 7:37:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Tarheel

I am definitely guilty of #13, and I’m doing it right now. The weather is not beautiful today on the Eastern shore of VA, it’s damp, overcast and VERY windy.


17 posted on 04/03/2009 7:38:49 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: cripplecreek

Beautiful photos! I hope everyone takes a few to check out your pix. thanks for sharing.


18 posted on 04/03/2009 7:41:37 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Tarheel

“it is a beautiful day here in NC”

That’s another symptom. Growing zone envy. I wish some of the southern plants were hardy here. I don’t know how many things I’ve killed trying to get them to live in one zone too cold. On the other hand if it were warmer here I couldn’t grow some tempermental evergreens and a heath and heather garden to make the Scottish moors green with envy :-)


19 posted on 04/03/2009 7:42:22 AM PDT by Varda
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To: trisham

You sound like my 10yo, I just wish she were so “compelled” here at home :)


20 posted on 04/03/2009 7:43:21 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz
You sound like my 10yo

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Heh. :)

21 posted on 04/03/2009 7:45:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gabz

Hidden lakes gardens is operated by Michigan State University and only charges about 2 bucks to get in. I recomend it for anyone who loves gardens and gardening.


22 posted on 04/03/2009 7:45:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Gabz

That role sounds perfect for you! GOOD LUCK!


23 posted on 04/03/2009 7:46:15 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: cripplecreek

Sounds as awesome as your photos. Too bad Michigan is a bit too far afield for me :(


24 posted on 04/03/2009 7:49:50 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Thanks. I’ll know more on Sunday.

The husband and I did the spring “clean up” of the gardens earlier this week and they were “thrilled” with the work we did. One of their board members is a botanist who wants a gardener back (he’s about 80 and not up to doing it himself anymore) and both he and the woman who hired us for the clean up are pushing for me to get the go-ahead.


25 posted on 04/03/2009 7:54:52 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

How do you know you’re a compulsive gardener???

If you have a shed full of old milk jugs, you could be a compulsive gardener...................


26 posted on 04/03/2009 7:56:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (If Keynesian economics worked, Zimbabwe would be a superpower.......................)
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To: Red Badger

ROFL!!!!!!!!!

Not just milk jugs, but also steam table sized aluminum pans!!!


27 posted on 04/03/2009 8:01:54 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

I’ve got a few symptoms, but so far I’m not ... Oooh, seed catalog!


28 posted on 04/03/2009 8:05:54 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: trisham; Gabz
I am compelled to weed the plants in pots. My husband is mortified. :)

HEY! I've done that several times. The wife just walks away and "hides", pretending not to be with me.

29 posted on 04/03/2009 8:06:32 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

LOL!


30 posted on 04/03/2009 8:18:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gabz

Am I the only one compelled to leave notes on strangers doors asking them to please move the Hosta’s out of direct sun as they will be crispy critters by August?? And please mulch your trees in a bagel, not a volcano!!!

Sometimes it’s so hard! :)

I took the Master Gardener course here at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and now I make myself crazy driving down the street when I can’t remember the genera names for all the plants and trees that I see. It’s a disease, I tell ya!!!


31 posted on 04/03/2009 8:21:43 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: Gabz
Even better, he drives his tractor across the road and turns up my garden for me!!!

That's exactly what my neighbor did:


32 posted on 04/03/2009 8:34:28 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Gabz

i used to do what i call

guerilla gardening.

i’d transfer seeds and plants from one area to another.


33 posted on 04/03/2009 8:36:46 AM PDT by ken21 (the only thing we have to fear is fdr deja vu.)
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To: Gabz; girlangler

I don’t want to weed the median, however, I do want to gather armsfull of the flowers they have planted there!

I fit way too many of these, and I am not even a good gardener! In fact, I am a very *bad* gardener, if keeping things alive counts. Perhaps I am just a compulsive gardener in my mind.

((((sigh)))) I promise to try harder this year.


34 posted on 04/03/2009 8:39:54 AM PDT by Grammy
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To: Alice in Wonderland

If it weren’t for the white fence I would think you had posted a picture of my property!!!


35 posted on 04/03/2009 8:46:32 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

Numbers 3, 9 and 13 are me.


36 posted on 04/03/2009 9:01:46 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ottbmare

It’s contagious. That’s me, too.


37 posted on 04/03/2009 9:04:50 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Grammy

ROFL!!!!!

I wa at a friend’s house yesterday and we were talking gardening and at one point I commented “I don’t do flowers.” The look on her face was priceless, she was so confused, as we had just spent over an hour talking about soil and varmints and the good points and bad points about gardening in this area. To her gardening IS flowers, to me it’s food and seasoning, fruits, veggies, and herbs. We had a good laugh!


38 posted on 04/03/2009 9:08:01 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz
I've been digging up my weeds and am in the process of finding mulch to put around the house. I'm so sick of weeding, weeding, weeding,....

I don't have the time and when we go on vacation, I'm screwed. I never get caught up and the place looks terrible.

Not to mention, I don't like getting stung because I have a bad swelling reaction. It's never been life threatening, yet, but I don't want to take the chance.

39 posted on 04/03/2009 9:09:26 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

# is rarely, if ever, a problem for me :)


40 posted on 04/03/2009 9:10:11 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz

Which #?


41 posted on 04/03/2009 9:18:05 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: metmom

I have the same problem with getting stung. Heck, I swell when I get bit by a skeeter, and they are the official “bird” of this area!!!!


42 posted on 04/03/2009 9:21:23 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Red_Devil 232

DUH on my part —— #3

Well, the sun is finally peeking out here and it is long past time for me to get my act in gear —— I need to hit the garden center and then head out to the greenhouse.

Be back a bit later.


43 posted on 04/03/2009 9:23:07 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz
The only reason I added # 3 to my list was because a neighbor (elderly Lady) had set out about 4 or 5 tomato plants last year and they were to close together in a badly shaded area. They did not get watered properly and she only harvested a few tomatoes from what I could determine.

She lucked out because I gave her as many tomatoes, cukes and zukes as she wanted.

44 posted on 04/03/2009 9:36:57 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Gabz
I love gardens !! I just do not care to garden......but I try.....

I envy those of you test positive for compulsive gardening.......

One of my favorite places to visit is Longwood Gardens.....

45 posted on 04/03/2009 9:51:56 AM PDT by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: Red_Devil 232
She lucked out because I gave her as many tomatoes, cukes and zukes as she wanted.

The method to her madness, maybe?

46 posted on 04/03/2009 11:24:50 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Kimmers

Please, don’t envy us -— it’s a sickness, I tell ya, a sickness :)

It’s been years since I visited Longwood Gardens. Friends of ours went up just a couple of weeks ago and it was from a conversation on that drive that my husband and I were offered the garden clean up job we did this week and why I may be getting the gardening job where we did the clean up.


47 posted on 04/03/2009 11:28:26 AM PDT by Gabz
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To: Gabz
Well it is a nice sickness to have because you make your part of the world a little prettier......
48 posted on 04/03/2009 11:32:17 AM PDT by Kimmers (Working hard so Obamas friends don't have to)
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To: metmom

The sad thing is each time you are stung, the reaction can be worse. Seems like your body should gradually become immune to the stings.

But,.....


49 posted on 04/03/2009 11:59:38 AM PDT by WHATNEXT? ((FREEDOM))
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To: Gabz

Good list of our habits.


50 posted on 04/03/2009 12:09:03 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2181392/posts?page=1 [Survival,food,garden,crafts,and more)
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