Well the spring of 2009 has sprung and the garden centers I have visited do not seem to be hurting for sales. I have a Bachelors Degree in Grounds and Nursery Management with a core interest in horticulture, botany and landscape architecture. I am also a certified "Master Gardener" in the state of NJ. I have worked for 2 friends who owned lawn and landscaping businesses. I worked for a friend who owned a shrub and tree farm. I did my own lawn/landscaping business for a few years. I still do this part time. My suit and tie job in a casino (Atlantic City N.J.) did not compare to being outside getting dirty while planting trees, shrubs and flowers. I did my own lawn business in the mornings before going to work swing shift in the casino. It was very relaxing and prepped me for the next idiotic 8 hours of gamblers. Nothing like the satisfaction of finishing this kind of work and stepping back to view the final product. A well designed and well planted flower garden and landscaping around any property does more than enhance its value. Those of us who love being down in the earth and watching things grow to maturity have that special bond only a gardener knows.
For the past 30 years I have explained over and over again to all of my friends and customers to do more than flowers and landscaping - DO THE VEGETABLE GARDEN! I would get the usual excuses not to do it with "do not have the time" as the most common. Many have done it from the get go and after time there have been others who finally got around to it for all the right reasons - Thanks to those wives who have more sense then their grunt husbands. The other BIG THING I PREACH has been PLANT FRUIT TREES and FRUIT BEARING BUSHES!!! Not one that I know of has listened - friends and customers alike. I have plenty of friends and a very large network you folks wish you had and not a one has done it. Many of them live on a few acres to many, many acres of good land. They all love fruit. Who has the time to plant 3, 4 or 10 or 20 fruit trees then you have to prune them once a year and spraying for disease and insects and the time and the time and the time. So it goes that none have the time. Some have argued for 30 years now that the nukes could come anytime so why do it. Gee I have not seen any. Now there are some guys who have planted some apple trees but with baiting deer in mind - not for canning or fresh apple pie. And for the record a good many of these folks, some will deny it (especially in front of their children), were totally into the whole Hippie thing, back to earth, one with nature crap, live off the land, etc. just as I was - with my rifle though. The biggest reason is why can? Why go through the process of buying dozens of mason jars - all that work. While supermarkets exist plenty of Del Monte and Mott’s. I have been told after the big UH OH! There will be plenty of stuff growing on it’s on. Plenty of vacated homes with goods left behind. I believe there is no time like the present. If I live 25 more years and there is never a reason to bug out then all those peaches, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, pears, etc. I would miss out on if I had their attitude on this topic. So my peach, cherry and pear trees are doing well now and more fruit types to come.
Fruit trees come in 3 sizes - dwarf to 7 feet, semi dwarf to about 12 to 15 and standard up to 25 feet. No one in suburbia can tell me they do not have room for 2 to 4 dwarf or semi dwarf fruit trees. If EVERY homeowner in this country just planted 2 semi dwarf fruit trees - just imagine that much fruit being produced. I am using 24 blueberry bushes in landscaping one of my properties. These can go from 4 feet to 6 feet in height depending on variety and do nice red and orange foliage in the fall. The whole fruit tree and fruit bush thing should seem common sense but when people find out about the care required it turns them off. It is not that hard, only requires some basic knowledge and the rewards you realize already.
The other thing I have preached over the years has been landscaping around your house with security in mind. Now this has been accepted and embraced by friends and customers - thank God they listen to me sometimes. I do not remember the exact statistic but homes that have THORNY shrubs and thorny flowering bushes under the windows (large clusters) versus those that rarely get break into. Thieves do not like pain number one and number two if the home is not easy access move on to another. Thorny bushes and shrubs also come in 3 sizes - small, medium and large. There are also those that send out long runners and will climb up a trellis or along a row of wires. Well nothing has happened that would cause us to “bug out“ these past 35 years but local crime has been and will continue to be real. If you are not the gardening type then choose a well known and reputable landscaper when FORTIFYING your home with nature's own defense fence. Don't like flowers?? Roses are not the only plants with thorns. There are quite a few that have no flowers - some will produce small berries though. Does all this cost money? Yes. Are some of you without extra income? Sorry I’m not. So a little at a time. Review your home and figure out where it would go and how much is needed. Every county in America has an Agriculture Agent - even New York City has its botanical garden and info service. Look into the "MASTER GARDENER" program which is offered around the USA. You can talk to a rep on the phone for free in counties where phone help is offered. There is a wealth of info - just type in the search window of your computer. Learning to do it yourself will save the landscapers fee. Many vocational schools and county colleges around the USA offer courses and some have only a nominal fee. If you are one of those that thinks the nukes or asteroids will be here in the next 2 months or so then none of this information will interest you. If they come so what. If they do not it may be urbanites or thieves - a more realistic threat and on going. I have a wall of indigenous wild thorn bushes running along the back of my property. It is about 100 feet long, 12 feet wide and about 7 feet high. Deer cannot get through it or over it. That is the real test. Landscaping for survival will provide great visual enjoyment, spiced apple rings and a line of defense against man and beast.
-Flea: "Thanks Crazy Joe!"
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