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Change is in the air …

Last rose hurrah in the October garden.

Roses before the change to a colder October.

It’s been a long time since I posted here. I’m not completely sure why. I love writing and gardening but something, or a combination of factors, has blocked my desire to combine these two loves. I’m still deciphering all the causes of my writer’s block, but I think I’ve identified some factors contributing to my recent lack of desire to post here, and what must change.

Coleus soaks up October sunshine before the first frost.

Coleus soaks up October sunshine before the first frost.

One contributing factor is my frustration that people continue to fall prey to ad campaigns – sprinkle x to keep weeds at bay, apply y in four steps for a “healthy” lawn, spray z to stop bugs. This is so contrary to what I’ve learned during my journey from a novice to a seasoned gardener with NOFA certification as an Organic Land Care Professional. Too often it seems that advice on gardening organically, cutting pesticide/herbicide use, and sustainable gardening practices falls on deaf ears.

Another contributing factor is a sense that everything that needed to be said about gardening was being said by others. What was/is this blog really offering?

I third factor is a feeling that having advertising on this blog is disingenuous. When you participate in ad programs you cannot control every running ad, resulting in some ads that just don’t sit right with my gardening or living practices.

Native, self-sown asters glow in autumn's light.

Native, self-sown asters glow in autumn’s light.

So expect to see change here; some subtle, some not so. It’s time to re-energize my love of writing about gardening, and make this blog feel right to me again.

Seed heads of autumn-blooming sedum.

Seed heads of autumn-blooming sedum.

Change may not fix all the factors that contributed to my lack of blogging, but that’s okay.

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