Are you planning a beautiful new garden? Restoring one which has been neglected? Are you looking for ways to cut down labour? Or are you looking for a means of converting a laborious chore into a pleasurable hobby? Have you never gardened before? Or if you have, do you seek a reminder and guide which will help you plan your garden year?
If any of these questions apply to you, then this is your site.
This site – Gardening Info Zone – created by me, Dave Pinkney, caters for the modern gardener. It is as much for the person who must keep gardening time to a minimum because of other activities as it is for the inveterate potterer.
My practical advice is based on years of personal experience. Through my role as gardening editor of a small town newspaper, I corresponded yearly with many hundreds of readers. This way I learned what most men and women want from their gardens and what sort of problems usually worry them. I believe that modern life demands a new approach to gardening: short cuts and the greatest returns, time and labour savers, the streamlined approach.
In this site you will find how to get something in bloom, or contributing colour and interest to your garden all the year round. You can learn to use roses as shrubs, vegetables for decorative effect as well as consumption, how to employ modern chemicals and machinery so that they are safe and friendly. There are sections devoted to making a new garden and to restoring a neglected one.
This is a practical site, designed to help both the new and inexperienced gardener and the practised hand. I include not only my own advice but hints from many of my friends, who too, are great gardeners also.
INTRODUCTION – About Dave Pinkney
“For as long as I can remember I have been a gardener. Most of my life I have had a large garden in which to practise all I have learned, but on the other hand, for brief periods, pots and window boxes have been the extent of my plot.
Twenty years or so ago I began to put down on paper the results of some of my experiences, the joys and the agonies of gardening, the problems I have encountered and how I have overcome them, the tips gleaned from experienced men and women who have helped me, and not all of them so-called experts. In these twenty years I have had correspondence with many many gardeners – an invaluable aid in teaching me the hopes, the problems, the pleasures and the worries of the millions of people who enjoy gardening as the greatest of all hobbies.
I have learned and I have been taught many short cuts. I have found out that if the “correct” way involves too much time, labour or expense, then there will be a quicker, an easier and a cheaper way.
All of this has given me confidence to feel that I have something worth passing on. And the thought that I would most like to pass on to readers is that in your gardens you are the boss. You decide what kind of a garden you would – like the garden does not decide for itself. You decide what plants to grow. You decide how much time you can afford to spend in the garden. Whether your plot is already a green and pleasant land or rank wilderness, whether the area to be cultivated is large or small, whether your available time and energy is such that you can encompass acres of horticultural wealth or whether through other ties or perhaps age or infirmity your gardening is confined to single pot plants makes no difference. You should be the boss, never the slave.
Once this simple fact has been accepted the puzzles, the fears and the complexities of gardening seem to lose their importance. For if you are in command you must win.
The easier we make our gardening the more we will enjoy it. I have found it necessary with a busy lifestyle to find the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to carry out my inevitable daily tasks. And this has given me the leisure and the energy to enjoy my life to its fullest.
If, with this site, I have been able to show you just how easy gardening can be, then my own pleasure in creating it will have been increased.”