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Dreaming up crazy gardening projects

Why have a boring garden when you can create something crazy?
Why have a boring garden when you can create something crazy?
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My crazy gardening projects are often the subject of my gardening articles. Many of my readers ask me where I get all my unconventional ideas. Well, the truth is, I find them everywhere I go. In fact, I seek them out. I'm always on the lookout for new techniques. I didn't go to horticulture school. That doesn't mean I don't do a little research from time to time.

I search “crazy gardening” online.

I love spicing up my gardening articles with this stuff. When I'm looking for something new in gardening, I go straight to the best source I know. It's the internet, of course. Don't worry, I give credit where credit is due. I could never steal another writer's idea or article and tote it as mine. Plus, by the time I get done trying it out in my own garden, I may put a million twists on it that they never thought of. That being said, they still get a mention and/or a link.

I find a lot of ideas by accidental research.

Sometimes, when searching for something conventional, I come across the craziest things. Naturally, my curiosity gets the better of me. Before you know it, I've forgotten all about why I was on that particular page. I'm off following links to another crazy idea. This kind of thing is the spice of life as far as I'm concerned. Gardening would be pretty dull without it.

I use Facebook to find ideas daily.

A lot of my Facebook friends have interests similar to mine. I follow their links, check out their pictures and try things out for myself. Then, if it works, I write about it. I “like” lots of Facebook gardening pages, too. Not a day goes by when I don't find some interesting gardening technique on Facebook. Why wouldn't I give them a try? I'm a gardener, right? It's what I do.

I also read “real” gardening books.

I don't just get my ideas online. I have whole bookshelves filled with nothing but gardening books. The subjects are varied. The topics are interesting. I especially like the old time gardeners, like my Dad. I got a lot of ideas from him, too. The old timers really have some innovative solutions. They do what sounds like some truly crazy gardening projects. The funny thing is, though, once I try them out, most of them aren't so crazy. Chalk it up to experience, I guess.

I learn through experimentation.

Believe it or not, some of my crazy gardening ideas are manufactured right up in my crazy old head. These are the best kind of ideas. I might see something that looks like a crazy gardening idea and turn it into something even crazier. That's just my way of getting a free education. Yup, there's no education better than trial and error, especially in the garden.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.

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