All Things Gardening forum: Starting a new adventure

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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Jul 6, 2017 5:55 PM CST
As I approach my 45th year in the Nuclear Power industry and my 67th birthday it really is time that I start thinking about permanent retirement. I say permanent because I have done so twice. The first time was 1998 and lasted for about 10 months. The second was in 2005 and lasted about 6 months. I have worked for more 12 more years since I last retired. My wife has always supported my hobbies and indulgences and is somewhat concerned that after all these years of being in and striving in a stimulating career I might get very bored and depressed when I do finally hang it up. She insists that I have something to do that will continue to provide interest and involvement. So after some thought and research and my love of gardening I have enrolled in the Tennessee Master Gardener program. This will give me an opportunity to expand my interest in gardening, further my knowledge and give something back to my community. 30 or so years of my career has been spent training and educating nuclear reactor operators. I have given literally thousands of presentations and feel that I can add some value to my community by helping others develop a love of gardening. I have a special desire to help educate and train tomorrow's gardeners as it seems as if fewer young people are given an opportunity to appreciate how much quality is added to one's life by indulging in this fascinating hobby. I'll provide you with an occasional progress report. Classes are scheduled to begin later in the year and I should be certified by early spring of 2018. It ought to provide me just what I need in my retirement.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 6, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Dave,
It is a great program, you will really enjoy it.
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jul 6, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Dave, when I retired I became a Master Gardener, too. Very active speaker and organizer for most of 5 years. Enjoyed working on the phone answering questions, too. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I quit. That was 2006. To this day, I mentor ladies who want to garden but know nothing about gardening in Florida. It is a difficult subject! I enjoy working with people I meet casually and help them work on garden dreams. I also develop landscapes for people who need to divide their projects into manageable projects. It's a good way to donate plants that need new homes.

Good luck! It's a wonderful way to ease into retirement!!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 7, 2017 7:32 AM CST
Thumbs up Dave ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Hurray! For you.
You can learn alot hear too !
When is your official retirement, date !
Let me say : Congrates ! ๐Ÿ˜
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 7, 2017 9:42 AM CST
I'm with your wife. I told my husband that he was not retiring until he had a few hobbies. Have fun with the Master Gardeners! Between the classes and just keeping your certificate current, it can be pretty time consuming - your wife need not worry about you being underfoot. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 7, 2017 4:08 PM CST
It sounds like the Master Gardener program should be right up your alley, Dave -- Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 7, 2017 4:17 PM CST
You're a man after my own heart! I can't wait to be old enough to retire and have the time to become a Master Gardener.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 11, 2017 2:23 AM CST
I retired once and stuck to it. After 35 years working I quit the day I was eligible and never regretted it. My house and yard is my sanctuary.

As for Master Gardener, I started posting about gardening in the mid 90s on strwaming chat sites. People there thought I was one and when they found I wasn't, they said I should just take the tests cold. Well, you can't do that, but I appreciated the thoughts.

Actually, I just don't like the post-certificate requirements. Around here, they want you at public booths to answer questions, and I like to think about answers. I used up all my "wing it" talents in my telecommunications career, LOL!

Now I'm a writer, not a talker. Both are good, but I know what I prefer myself.
Name: Cheryl
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Smokymist
Jul 11, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Congratulations on your retirement !
Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Jul 11, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Thanks for all the good wishes and thoughts. I haven't set a firm date yet. They have made it awfully enticing to stay a couple of more years so I have to think this through. I really enjoy what I do and I have been very successful at it, but I did tell them my retirement date from now on with be based on the 2, 10, 12 model. If they anger me 2 times before 10 o'clock I will be gone by noon.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 11, 2017 6:00 PM CST
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 11, 2017 8:20 PM CST
I would have retired a LOT earlier if I had been using that formula Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jul 12, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Dave, good luck with whatever you decide. It does sound like a good fit for you.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 12, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Dave ! I'm crackin up ! Rolling on the floor laughing ! 2,10,12 model.
I just retired, May of last year, i was a school bus driver for thirty years.
I, highly recommend retirement to everybody.
I've visited, with my former boss. He is ready, but, not ready. Wants to go another year.
Butt ! He told me ! All they, "school district", have to do, is piss me off ! One more time !!!! And ! I'll be gone, the next day !!!

Lets move on to Master Gardeners !
I learned alot, years ago from organic gardening magazine. Also, the Sunset gardens, book. And, anything else about vege gardening.
Master Gardeners, do ! Make you do an X amount of public service hours, after you finish there course.
And ! I belive, all they teach you, is ! The Sunset Gardens book. You can buy one. Twenty-five dollars, give or take. I belive, you'll be required to buy one, to take course.
I'll tell you, what i belive about master gardeners. Years ago, went to Fresno's "garden of the sun" tomato tasting event. Master gardener's were there to answer questions. Three were there.
I asked ? How, do you get rid of ants. One, said ! I know how to......but ! I can't tell you !
They couldn't tell me there methods, so, they got the Sunset gardens book out. Even sunset garden book, said things, that, i knew didn't work.
Generally ! Sunset garden book is a good resource. Butt ! I belive, all master gardener's teach you is the sunset garden book. So why take the class ?
You can learn, so much more, right hear, by ! Asking a question.
I found out from a friend, how to get rid of ants. Corn meal/grits, dust entire lot. 5 Lb bag, suffence for average city home lot 50 x 125 feet. Ants usually gone in a couple three weeks, for rest of season. Spot teatment dosent work.
Now, imported fire ants are different. A friend of mine, and member in Georgia. @greene. Told me, to pour a little packet of Splenda on top of hole ! Then !๐Ÿ˜ฎ! Run like the devil.

Good day !!!
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 14, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Wow, I think ants are good! They turn and aerate the soil, eat a lot of caterpillars and small bugs (usually not pollinators), bring plant material underground, and serve as food for beneficial spiders, insects, and birds.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 14, 2017 11:06 AM CST
I don't mind ants either (unless they're in my house). Of course, we don't have fire ants up here...

DH has an ongoing war with them, for whatever reason, but fortunately he doesn't really "get around to" spraying or otherwise poisoning them very often. Big Grin
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