UNWRITTEN RULES OF GARDENING
by David Hobson
The best way to garden is to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and some old clothes and then, with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where you want them to dig.
Compost is best aged a little like a fine wine; would you prefer to drink a nice 97 or something made last Thursday?
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it; if it comes up out of the ground easily, it's definitely a valuable plant.
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
Spring does not arrive until the ice is out of the compost pile.
Winter does not arrive until the ice is IN the compost pile.
Any self respecting rock will break at least one shovel before accepting its new home.
A good compost pile should get hot enough to poach an egg, but not so hot that it would cook a lobster.
Gardening requires a lot of water, most of it in the form of perspiration.