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Gardening Mentors Are Worth Their Weight in Mulch!

By Bubbles
September 19, 2011

Try to find a mentor, someone you can ask about choices and techniques.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 18, 2011 6:21 PM CST
This is a wonderful tip that applies to more than gardening. There are times in every ones life that could use mentoring.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 18, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Especially great when you are new in an area and don't know what will grow well there.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Sep 18, 2011 6:42 PM CST
My mentor is ATP Smiling

Karen
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 18, 2011 7:39 PM CST
Wonderful tip Bubbles! I've had a few wonderful mentors in my life, my mother was a true mentor when it came to general things in life, and my mother in law and a couple of elderly friends were wonderful mentors when it came to gardening.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 18, 2011 8:40 PM CST
And a gardening mentor is a person who does or did garden. If they DID garden then they will appreciate being able to pass along their knowledge & will feel useful. It will make them feel like they are gardening again. Win, win situation.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Sep 18, 2011 10:02 PM CST
Ditto on what everyone has said above. Especially the win-win situation.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Sep 19, 2011 5:17 AM CST
I also really like this tip! Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 19, 2011 7:13 AM CST
Thanks to all of you. I've had quite a few mentors. I believe people genuinely want to help others. You just have to ask.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 19, 2011 1:13 PM CST
I agree
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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ApopkaJohn
Sep 19, 2011 3:52 PM CST
Get your seeds and baby plants from nearby gardeners in your area. They can tell you what grows best and how to care for the plants. Plants you buy at big-box retailers are often grown with artificial controlled climates and/or lots of chemicals to help them survive. I always like to try new plants that seem interesting while i'm shopping, and grab an impulse buy, but the long-term success rate for these experimental plants is less than 50/50 survival rate. However plants or seeds that you get from other members that come in the mail will have a higher chance of becoming your "new favorite plant."



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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Sep 19, 2011 3:56 PM CST
I agree I have a local nursery here in Dallas that will only sell plants hardy in our area. Daryl's Nursery. He has amazing plants.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 19, 2011 4:08 PM CST
I believe that also, but I sometimes grab a few at discount from the big box stores. I've found a great new nursery here that grows tropicals. I'm very excited!
Name: Kate
NEKingdom of Vermont (Zone 3a)
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LabourofLove
Sep 19, 2011 6:46 PM CST
I make a point of telling new plant purchasers that if they ever have any questions - even if it's about something they bought elsewhere - I'm happy to help with an answer. Spreading the information around is the best way to keep folks gardening. It's one of the most wonderful things about the internet: if you find sources you can trust, you've got it made!
Kate Kennedy Butler
Glover, Vermont

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 19, 2011 6:59 PM CST
You are a very generous person, Kate of the NE Kingdom of Vermont! Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Sep 19, 2011 8:42 PM CST
Yes she is Bubbles and a wealth of information she is so willing to share. Thumbs up
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Dec 13, 2012 1:22 PM CST

Plants Admin

Bubbles, That's a great photo as well as a great tip. Does the photo have a back story you could share?
Evan
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 13, 2012 2:49 PM CST
I could make up a story!
It was a garden tour and my daughter and grandson were talking to the lady in the chair (no, it was not me) about her garden. I just thought it was a good photo of Juli getting gardening tips from a wise older lady (as opposed to her getting tips from her wise-cracking mother). And that's the truth.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Dec 13, 2012 2:57 PM CST

Plants Admin

Yes a great photo and I'll bet wise-cracking mom's give great advice too!
Evan
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
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Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Dec 13, 2012 3:27 PM CST
Oh, I give advice. No one seems to take it, though.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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eclayne
Dec 13, 2012 3:45 PM CST

Plants Admin

I understand Green Grin!
Evan

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