Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
I state your name, am a gardener.
I pledge and promise that:
I will not panic if one week off work in May is not enough time to complete all the projects I want to have to do in the garden. (It isn’t.)
I will faithfully weed in my garden so that at no time this summer will I have more weeds than flowers.
I will promptly plant any new plants within a few days of falling in love with them at the garden center, promising them a wonderful garden to grow in, and bringing them home.
I will not buy a plant unless I know where I’m going to plant, no matter how pretty, special, low-priced, it is.
I will water all my containers when needed, even if that is twice a day, and remember to feed those plants regularly and make sure someone else will water them if I am gone.
I will mulch.
I will remain calm when the Japanese beetles emerge as adults and begin devouring my garden. I will not resort to sprays or traps, but will use safe methods to at least control them.
I will harvest everything from my vegetable gardens and give extras away to family, friends, and food banks.
I will not whine, complain, cry or carry on (too much) if I don’t get rain exactly when I think my garden needs it, or if it falls on the weekends, or otherwise interferes with my gardening activities.
I will not whine, complain, cry, or carry on (too much) if it gets too hot this summer.
I will prune as necessary to preserve the natural shape of a plant and never shape it into a nice round ball unless it is a boxwood.
I will deadhead rampant self sowers promptly so they do not take over my garden.
I will share my knowledge of gardening with others, along with passalong plants.
I will attempt to spend at least one tenth of my time in the garden just sitting in it and enjoy it.
Thank you. Please sign the registry below to signify your acceptance of this pledge.