What you know about gardening may amaze you. If you were to be given a test about general gardening I think you may be amazed at the number of answers you got right.
As you get older I think it is a good idea to continue to challenge yourself mentally to keep you mind sharp.A good friend owns a very successful landscaping company, so I asked him if he would sign me up to take the state licensing test for pesticide applicator for turf and for ornamentals .
These test are designed to be sure that those who apply pesticides in the state have a complete and thorough understanding about pests and disease that attack trees,shrubs and turf grass and the best possible solutions.
The heart of the licensing program is I P M integrated pest management. This means the applicator will use scouting to determine what the pest level is and then decide how much if any control is needed. Many times the use of pesticides is not called for and other things such as cultural practices can rectify the problem.
These tests are design to test your knowledge as well as protect the environment. I was very surprised at all that I knew when taking the test and it reaffirmed that what I have learned through the years has stuck with me.
What You Know About Gardening
I grew up in the sixties and it is a blessing I think because it was the start of the back to the land movement and homesteading and also environmental awareness.
There were books and magazines as well as free government brochures everywhere and of course the most valuable resource of all my Grandmother.
If you have been gardening for any length of time I am sure that you have a wealth of gardening knowledge you may not even know how much you have picked up over the years. The time you spend in the garden is like a big outdoors classroom. When you encounter a problem you go seeking answers to solve the problem and this knowledge will stick with you so the next time you encounter it you will already know what to do..
The longer you garden the bigger a knowledge base you are building which in turn makes gardening a much more enjoyable experience. The really nice thing about gardening is that those who actively garden tend to be the nicest people.
I don’t say that because I am one of the nicest people, even if it’s true, I say it because of the knowledge base I have built. Over the years I have always made it a practice if I was walking by somebody out working in their garden to stop and offer them a compliment about their garden. That’s all it took and they would stop what they were doing and spend a few minutes talking gardening with me.
Gardeners are very happy to talk about their gardens and to share information with others. Over my career thousands and thousands of people have come up to me while I was out working in the beds or planting and ask me questions and I always was glad to answer them and where I could, tell them where to go to find out more.information or the best place to purchase something.
After these encounters I always felt a little bit proud that total strangers would ask me for help and advise, but I also really enjoyed talking to them.
I mentioned my Grandmother earlier and that was truly one of the greatest people to encourage me to garden. It did not matter what she was doing she would stop and answer any question I had asked her even if it was the tenth time I had asked the same thing.
I realized since then that older folks are there to teach the youth not just by words but by actions. It does not matter if the youth are in their teens or in their fifties, by all means share what you know.
One last thing no matter how old you are you don’t know everything so try to learn something new everyday ask questions, read and article, surf the internet, or just go for a walk and have a chat with someone out working in their garden.