I’m big into gardening. It’s an addiction I have no intention of stopping. Ever. Because I’m so into it, I think about, talk about, and do it a lot. So why not write about it as well? My blog was supposed to be a place where I posted information relevant to my writing career – questions from fans, notices about upcoming book signings, cons I’d be attending, etc. But since agents and publishers aren’t calling (at the moment anyway), I figure what the hell. Might as well add some gardening related posts to the mix. It’ll give me something to do while awaiting my big break.
That being the case, you’ll probably want to know the extent of my addiction. I started young, as many addicts do. My dad always had a garden in the back yard and I was picking veggies from the time I was old enough to walk. I’m a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor (2010), and a Certified Permaculture Design Consultant (1997 – the infamous Half Moon Bay course, Bill Mollison’s last in North America if I recall). A native Texan, I’ve been gardening for forty years and have dabbled in or tried traditional row gardens, raised beds, water gardens / koi ponds, butterfly gardens, green house gardening, herbs, fruit trees, and more. I’ve been around. I’ve done stuff. I’ve seen things. Some I’m proud of, some I’m not. I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve learned a thing or two over the years and have made more than my share of gardening mistakes, so it’s possible I might be able to help someone else. Exhibit A is the suburban backyard garden pictured above. It’s my doing, and to date has been recognized as a:
- Certified Butterfly Garden #769 by the North American Butterfly Association
- Monarch Waystation #6302 by Monarch Watch
- Certified Wildlife Habitat #165392 by the National Wildlife Federation
- Certified Urban Wildlife Sanctuary #1547 – the Humane Society of the United States
So, yeah. I’m that guy. I’m into the whole home-grown food, protect nature, save the planet thing. And I love being outdoors surrounded by natural, living, growing things. If I can hook others into my addiction by writing about it and sharing a story or two, great. The world needs more gardening addicts. -Tim
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