My first complaint

Following on from last week’s article, I recieved, via The Hinckley Times letters page, my very first letter of complaint.

The fact I’d put my runner beans in a tad early and the frost got them annoyed Mr Taylor sufficiently to write in about it. Apparently I’m a bit ‘gung ho’ with an ‘Oh dear, never mind’ attitude.

Gardening column was a little gung ho

Gardening column was a little gung ho

I’ll not hang my head in shame. Mr Taylor is completely right… I get excited about putting stuff in, and sometimes – yes – I am impatient, and things don’t quite work to plan. But isn’t that part of the fun of gardening? Mistakes are made, and you learn from them. Then you suck it up, and try another way of doing things.

Mr Taylor also calls for more good, sound knowledge. I thought there were a couple of good, sound messages in there…

  1. Don’t be fooled by a few warm days in thinking that summer’s here – there can still be a danger of a late frost
  2. Don’t do as I did and put stuff out too early – look at it – it died
  3. If you have put things out too early, and a frost is forecast, get out there and cover the plants up at night

The article may have actually saved people their hard earned money – one look at my beans and it would have put them off planting for a good couple of weeks…

I was also quite chuffed to have sparked a reaction – it meant that someone out there actually reads my ramblings and had a strong enough opinion to put pen to paper. I’m calling this one a landmark ๐Ÿ˜‰

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9 thoughts on “My first complaint

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  2. Some people are never happy. I realise that there are a vast range of people out there to whom gardening is a science, there are people who make a good living advising people on the “correct” way to garden, but for the majority of us ( this is how I feel) gardening is a hobby, something that we enjoy doing. We may not understand the art or science and many times we get things all wrong, but we go on doing it. My plants die on me with terrifying frequency, but I go out and buy new plants and start again. Perhaps one day I might do something right ญ and anyway, before they keel over and die, I take photographs so I can show my “Good Garden” I am not good, and I suspect I never will be, but I do so enjoy it and when I go to the garden shop I really can’t help mysql;f from thinking ” I wonder what plants I can kill off this week?”

    John

    From: Chooks and Roots Reply-To: Chooks and Roots Date: Monday, 27 May 2013 7:53 PM To: John Edgar McVey Subject: [New post] My first complaint

    WordPress.com chooksandroots posted: “Following on from last week’s article, I recieved, via The Hinckley Times letters page, my very first letter of complaint. The fact I’d put my runner beans in a tad early and the frost got them annoyed Mr Taylor sufficiently to write in about it. Appar”

    • When it stops being a challenge and stops being fun, it won’t be for me any more. In other news, the other half has caught the bug I think. He bought me some spring onion and radish seeds and said they would be great on the patio. The veg plot is creeping up the garden ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Brilliant – I find most gardeners humorous, generous and philosophical. I’m glad you can laugh about Mr Taylor’s over the top response as it sounds as if he’s got a stick (or should that be runner bean cane?) up his *ss ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha ha x

    • When it stops being fun, and stops being a challenge, it’s not for me any more. I replied to the paper saying I totally agreed with Mr Taylor… I am gung ho… and proud of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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