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December 27, 2006

Top Ten Gardening Lessons from 2006
In year's past I have always talked about things that I would do differently going into the new year. This year I thought I would try something new. Here is a list of the top 10 things that I learned (or relearned) about gardening in 2006.

Drum roll please (you know, kind of like they do on the David Letterman Show):

#10 Gardening is hard. If you think it is easy you are not challenging yourself enough.  That's what makes it fun.
# 9 Have your own style. It is like picking out clothes for yourself. Choose designs that you are comfortable with.
# 8 Don't hesitate to ask for one or two professional opinions, you might just get the right information.
# 7 Use the right tools. Save your back, hands, knees etc...
# 6 Choose plants that grow well in our area. It will save you time and money in the long run.
# 5 Read Savvygardener.com every Thursday morning.
# 4 Keep learning from others. Yep, there is always something new to learn so listen to every gardener you meet.
# 3 Having your trees pruned is like getting a good haircut. It really makes a difference.
# 2 It is a thrill to have so many Savvygardeners living in the Kansas City-area and there is nothing more exciting than bumping into one or more.

And the # 1 thing that I learned about gardening in 2006...

It is both sad and exciting to leave an established garden to start a new one from scratch!

Happy New Year! May 2007 bring all of you joy, love and happiness.

~ Shelly  

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