Monday, October 29, 2012
My Rant About Gardening Magazines
So with gardening season behind me, I actually have some time to catch up on reading gardening magazines. I love seeing gardening ideas. I will probably never give up on gardening magazines. However, there is something that really annoys me about gardening magazines. There is usually some kind of feature in the magazine where they list the top 10 plants for something, like the top 10 plants for shade. However they always, and I mean always, list some plant that is extremely hard to grow or they don't list all the details about a plant. They don't list details such as it takes 8 years to establish into the plant you see in the picture or this is an extremely close up picture of this plant it's really very small. It always makes me worry about the inexperienced gardener who gives that plant a try based on that recommendation. Gardening is all about successes and failures, you learn as you grow. I had a lot of failures in my own garden, but a lot of times I knew I was pushing limits such as hardiness zones. When you are putting something out there for gardeners of every level you should disclose all the details about the plant. It makes me wonder if they are making money off of nurseries by pushing some of these plants? What is there reasoning for putting these hard to grow plants on their top 10 lists? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them.