Hortense Hoelove makes a special appearance on a hot Friday afternoon to answer more questions about gardening, gardeners, gardens, and everything related.
Dear Hortense Hoelove,
Do you ever feel like someone is watching you while you garden?
Watching, as in this sunflower that was watching me in my sister’s garden? I think it is saying “Take me to your leader.” Or do you mean watching as in garden fairies, rabbits, and birds watching you? Either way, the answer is that of course, something is always watching you while you are gardening. And listening, too. So dress nice for the garden and try not to say bad words in the garden, either. The garden fairies especially are very sensitive about foul languauge.
I’m watching, too,
What is the proper way to support tomatoes? My sister was using cages and one of them fell over. I’ve enclosed a picture so you can see the cage that fell over. Next to it are some stakes that are nice and upright.
Carol, May Dreams Gardens
Sometimes when I write to you, it is like I am writing to myself. How is that? Anyway, you and I both know that staking is the proper way to support tomato vines. We also know that you grew up learning how to stake tomatoes so I can’t for the life of me understand why your sister would even try caging. However, from the picture it looks like she also staked some tomatoe vines, so she’s not a hopeless cause.
Dear Hortense Hoelove,
Can you explaining gardening to me?
Explain gardening? Well, you see… there are these living organisms called plants… and there are these people, who call themselves gardeners, and they like to organize the plants into a space they call a garden. Then when they’ve organized the plants they have, they go to these places called garden centers and buy more plants to organize. Sometimes the plants don’t stay as organized as the gardener would like, so the gardeners get out these tools they call gardening tools and then they prune, trim, snip, pull, hoe, rake, dig, tie up, etc. to get the plants to do as they want in these gardens. And sometimes plants try to enter these gardens uninvited – the gardeners call those plants “weeds” – and it makes the gardeners have to work to get rid of them. Many gardeners try to attract wildlife to these gardens they’ve organized, but then they get all mad and irritated if the wildlife eat some of the organized plants and not the weeds. Much of the time, the gardeners are hot, sweaty, dirty and tired from gardening in their gardens, but they swear they are having a great time. No one understands it completely, but there are those like Dr. Hortfreud who are studying gardeners to try to make sense of it all. And that’s gardening.
From Her Own Garden,