Jim McKenney
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 13:16:45 PDT
Welcome, David, I hope we will be hearing more from you soon.

I was intrigued to read that you grow everything in pots - until I completed
the sentence and you mentioned balconies. Although I've been growing
geophytes for decades, I took pot culture seriously only very recently. The
results so far have so encouraging that I don't hesitate to recommend pot
culture to other grower/collectors. 

No doubt about it: I know my pot plants much better than I ever knew those
growing out in the garden. 

And then there is this: in a space of approximately two square yards I have
hundreds of little pots, each with its treasure. It's not easy to describe
how much pleasure that two square yards has brought me. 

I was talking to an elderly gardener friend recently, and in a moment of
inspiration mentioned this compact little world of delights. It's just the
thing for those gardeners who have reached the stage where digging trenches
in the open ground is simply out of the question. 

If I'm lucky enough to be gardening in my eighties or nineties, it might be
on such a limited scale. And I can say that based on my recent experiences,
it's something to look forward to. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm still digging
trenches looking for some tulips for Jim Waddick. 

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