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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Jan 26, 2015 11:23 AM CST
I thought it would be fun to list some of the strange ideas gardening "know-it-alls" have told us over the years.
So,
1. the one whose name shall not be stated told me i should plant my winter squash seedlings out in the garden now. It still freezes at night.
2. Watermelons should be ripe mid june, or i did something wrong. They also should be covered from the sun, or the sun makes mush of the insides. I have never seen a covered watermelon field.
Its especially irritating because i still have many gardening troubles. All of which is attributed to not listening to he who shall not be named.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 26, 2015 12:32 PM CST
It's so irritating to listen to an "expert" such as you've mentioned. Let's hope you aren't related to the "brainy one" and you can be left alone to do your best.
Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Jan 26, 2015 1:09 PM CST
Well......i no longer ask for help unless i really cant move it etcetera. Because then it has to be done his way instead of mine. Like not taking the time to glue together the pvc pipe for the garden cage, which i wanted to do. NO, it will not come apart, (famous last words "i guarantee it) lets just put it up . So, the wind pulled it all apart, and its held together with electric tape.
Cauliflower is just a cabbage with a college education (mark twain)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 26, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Uh oh! I do think many of us go through scenarios like that. It's still annoying even though many have to endure it.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 26, 2015 4:14 PM CST
It is amazing how bulletproof some peoples' self-confidence is.

A friend recently found out that someone I was talking to worked in international finance and had several graduate degrees in the field. My friend proceeded to lecture the expert on how international finance really works ... my friend, who builds children's puppets and gives puppet shows.

When I give advice, I try to distinguish between

- "I've done it this way under these circumstances, with success",
or
- "I've read this suggestion in multiple places that seemed sensible and reliable"
or
- "Someone said this on the Internet, once"

Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jan 26, 2015 4:30 PM CST
There is the right way, the wrong way and HIS way....and we all know that the ONLY right way is HIS way Angry Grumbling
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Name: tk
murchison texas (Zone 8a)

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texaskitty111
Jan 26, 2015 4:37 PM CST
So true. Also, people who tell us all what we should be doing are matched in number by those who demand answers about their problems. From health questions when they meet a doctor, to garden questions from expert gardeners, and everything in between. Like dave and trish mentioned during the last podcast.

AND, you can be sure any suggestions given will be reported as wrong next time they meet.
AND, those people who gave unasked for advice that didnt work will never, never admit they were wrong.
Cauliflower is just a cabbage with a college education (mark twain)
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 26, 2015 5:53 PM CST
Also, self-proclaimed-experts-without-a-clue tend to bellow their simplistic answers and sound absolutely certain of every syllable.

People who really know anything tend to speak softly, hedge their answers with qualifications and reservations, and spend more time drawing out details from the questioner than they spend preaching The Gospel According to SPEWAC.

That can be a problem if you ask someone who is TOO EXPERT. Their answers can be too complex to understand or remember. "Go not to the Elves for advice, for they will say both Yes and No."

Unasked-for advice is usually as wrong as it was unwanted.


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