I couldn’t let the year close without sharing an email from a seasoned gardener in North Carolina who ordered Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening in mid November.
December 17th he wrote the following:
After reading through your book twice I have to say it is one of the very best books on the subject I have ever read and I have read many.
I really love how you are writing from PERSONAL experience, this is a big plus. And I know personally your methods work. I wish it were available through Amazon so you would have a larger audience. More gardeners need to read this book!
Reading your book reminded me of the old Organic Gardening magazines where as you say they used to be filled with practical information. I would read them from cover to cover within a day or two of getting them.
There are many points in your book I found very refreshing such as your coverage of “path care” in between beds. I do not remember ever seeing this covered before and it makes good sense.
As I told you before I especially loved the section on watering – or lack thereof and this is new info not found in any other gardening book I’m aware of.
And I was excited to read about the caffeine drench for slugs. I use old coffee grounds as a light mulch and it does indeed kill them.
I also found it particularly interesting that you harvest potatoes “as needed”. That is something different I had never thought of but makes sense especially if the ground drains well and of course mulched heavily as you suggest.
I could go on and on but must get back to work. You have done an outstanding job. If those starting out gardening could only have one book on the subject I would highly recommend yours.
Destined to Write It
From the time the idea of the book was conceived, I’ve always felt I was destined to offer this simple information to the world. And when I receive correspondence like this, it just fortifies those feelings. I’m so glad I wrote it!
A Reason You Don’t See a Lot of This Simple Information “Out There”
Several times on TMG and on various forums I’ve shared a reason that you don’t see much of what I write in other places.
For one reason or the other, in any field, certain things become popular or widely promoted. When writers who want to write about gardening (whether they’re gardeners or not) research information, they pick up and repeat mainly what is widely promoted.
If they don’t have the back ground to know if the information is correct or incorrect, they just pick up what seems to be the “popular” piece of information that’s in almost every article they read and regurgitate it in their own article. And so the cycle continues.
Even writers who might feel that a piece of information is not true, most often won’t contradict it for fear of “looking like” they don’t know what they’re talking about because the masses believe what is “popular” – even if it’s not based in fact.
Contradicting More Than I Thought Possible
In the book I’ve been trying to discipline myself to write (on onions) during this most trying and sorrowful of years, I do more contradicting of what’s popular than I ever thought possible. I’ve researched extensively and find so much information that I know for a fact is not always true or is just plain wrong.
But then, when I write what I know works, I feel obligated to bring up the widely promoted “take” on the subject. (Even if briefly.)
I think it less confusing for the reader to hear both sides of the coin at once. This way he can decide for him or herself right away what path he’ll take.
What Various Readers May Feel When They Find TMG
I feel especially bad for beginners who have no experience and believe just about anything if it’s widely promoted.
My guess is that when many find TMG they either think I’m nuts or they’ve been through enough mental anguish that they’re willing to try my simple approach for the sake of their sanity. As one reader said to me, “You have kept me from jumping on the crazy train! ”
Thank you dear friends for all the support you’ve given me (and Bill) during this year. I appreciate you and love you from the bottom of my heart. I can say very literally, had it not been for your words and loving kindnesses to me and to Bill, I don’t think I would have made it.
I wish you the most wonderful of new years. One that is filled with health, fun, abundance, truth, growth, love, prosperity, and success in every endeavor.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life this year. If I can help you now or in coming year, I’m here for you.
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