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Friday, June 25, 2010

You might be a garden geek...

You've probably seen some of the memes that float around the Internet from time to time - the ones that tell you that you might be a (fill in the blank) if you (fill in the other blank). They are very popular. There seems to be one to fit every occupation and every occasion.

There are several related to gardening and recently a friend passed along one that purports to tell the reader if he/she is addicted to gardening. Well, both my friend and I already know that I am addicted to gardening and I smiled in recognition as I read many of the statements. See if any of these statements describe anyone that you know.

You might be a gardening geek if...

... You always carry a shovel, bottled water and a plastic bag in you trunk in case you need to do an emergency plant rescue.

... When planning your budget, you pencil in an amount to spend on plants before you consider how much money you will have for groceries.

... You spend more time chopping up vegetables for your compost pile than for cooking.

... You'd rather go to a nursery than a clothing store to shop.

... You know that Sevin is not a number.

... You look at your child's sandbox and see a raised bed.

... On every occasion that calls for a gift, you ask for garden tools or bags of manure or mulch.

... You appreciate your Master Gardener badge more than your jewelry.

... You sneak home a 7-foot Japanese maple and wonder if your spouse will notice.

... You plan your vacation trips around locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.

... You like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.

... You take pride in how bad your hands look.

... Soil test results actually mean something to you.

... You have to wash your hair to get your fingernails clean. (Been there, done that!)

... You know how many bags of manure, potting soil, or mulch your car will hold.

... You understand what IPM means and are happy about it.

... You buy a bigger truck so you can haul more mulch.

... You drive around the neighborhood hoping to score extra bags of leaves for your compost pile.

... Your preferred reading matter is seed catalogs.

... And finally, your neighbors don't call for the rubber-padded wagon when they see you wandering around your yard in the early morning in your pajamas, rubber clogs and carrying a cup of coffee in one hand and pruning shears in another. They just shake their heads and mutter, "Garden geek!"


  1. Oh yeah.

    And your husband won't let you go to the Lady Bird plant sale by yourself ever again because last time you came home with 11 trees, 13 bushes and 4 perennials.

  2. That's a good one, Kathleen! Yes, I think you are definitely a garden geek.

  3. Well, I laughed out loud. I inherited a Tahoe from my son. I had not had a "truck" for 12 years and though it isn't pretty and sleek, it hauls rocks, trees, lots of sacks of gardening materials, lots of plants, tile for home improvement, lumber, huge pots, and most fun...grandkids. Love your blog!

  4. I think we all recognize ourselves here, Mary. Thanks for stopping by.