100 skills to make you a better gardener
Fine Gardening magazine's August issue arrived in the mailbox with a wonderful, truly helpful, cover story: 100 skills to make you a better gardener.
I am not going to list them all here - and I probably won't do all of them either - but this is a great set of tasks for the self-taught gardener to do to help develop his or her skills.
- Determine the orientation of your house. Which way, exactly, is south?
- Buy a good set of pruners and then prune a shrub rose. Learn how to sharpen your pruners.
- Design and plant a container garden.
- Learn to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac.
- Buy a good shovel and learn how to sharpen it.
- Force a bulb
- Learn how to remove a tick
- Determine your area's average rainfall and identify your microclimate.
- Learn to keep good records.
- Learn to tell the good bugs from the bad bugs.
- Mix your own potting soil.
- Lay a path.
(The article isn't available in the on-line version of the magazine. It looks like you'll have to buy it at the newstand.)