THINK you have to be a gardening expert to make your outdoor space look amazing?
A pro revealed three “rules” that beginners can ignore and still enjoy a thriving garden.
In a Guardian article, botanist James Wong said: “It’s that time of year when even the most determined non-gardener looks out at the spring sunshine and the wild growth outside their windows and feels a pang of curiosity.
“However, I think that many of these timid beginners often feel excluded from embracing the joys of gardening because of some ingrained cultural myths.”
“Whether it’s memorizing all the complex rules that intimidate you or the fear of mispronouncing Latin names, here are three ideas we should break free of so we can all enjoy the wonders of the botanical world.”
Here are the three things not to worry about and ignore as a beginner….
Say horticultural words correctly
If you buy and research various plants and flowers, you may find that many have scientific names.
However, James argues that you shouldn’t let that put you off, nor should you worry about how you pronounce them.
He argues that the names are not strictly Latin, but a “hodgepodge” of ancient Greek and many other languages such as German, Polish and even Mandarin.
This was done to create a more universal naming system and you should “say them however you like”.
follow rules closely
Keeping plants alive and encouraging biodiversity can be a challenge for even the best gardeners.
James said that sometimes it can seem like there are “rules” you need to follow to the letter if you want your garden to thrive.
He argued that there was no “universally correct answer” and that many gardening experts disagreed.
He said you should see all “rules” as just “tips and tricks” because “plants don’t read rule books.”
You must be a “real gardener”.
While some people are clearly experts in this field, don’t let that put you off.
James said the term ‘proper gardener’ was limiting, explaining: ‘One would think that this award could refer to someone doing it professionally, or maybe someone with formal training, but in my experience the term is usually just used used to refer to anyone who does not reflect and reinforce a cultural status quo of British class culture.”
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He argues that “improper gardeners” are actually more likely to exhibit “open mindedness and willingness to experiment,” which is crucial in gardening.
So there you have it, get out there and garden in peace!
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