Introducing our new garden columnist, John Porter
John Porter is the new garden writer for the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
He is the West Virginia University Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Kanawha County.
He has worked extensively to help establish community gardens and is the coordinator for the Kanawha County Master Gardener program.
Porter received a botany degree from Marshall University and a master's in horticultural sciences from WVU.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spring has finally sprung! That means that most gardeners rush out to plant all of their vegetables and flowers just as soon as they can. It's a hurried frenzy in the garden as hours are dedicated to planting everything at once. It's a madhouse at the market or garden center as gardeners descend en masse upon wide-eyed vendors and cashiers, responding to some instinctual call of warm soil between the fingers.
However, it may be worthwhile to pace yourself in the garden. Take it slow. Gardening is a form of therapy, after all. I definitely feel renewed after working in the garden (provided I take copious amounts of antihistamine for spring gardening). When we rush, we can lose some of that enjoyment that we get out of gardening. And if we don't enjoy it, we are likely not to do it. We see it more as a chore than a rewarding experience. There are real benefits to pacing ourselves in the garden.