And then she mentioned that she’s planning on lining all the beds in oregano. She’s working with a friend who designs garden so maybe he knows more than I do about gardening in her area. But what I know about oregano is that it’s a lot like mint in that it can be a total hog. They say once you have oregano you always have oregano, unless you plant it in a pot.
|Lots and lots and lots of oregano. Herb Gardening photo|
So I debated for a minute about posting a comment with a small warning about oregano. I mean, it would be sad to see a beautiful garden get unmanageable within a few years because it turned into an oregano factory.
And then I decided not to. Partly that’s because I don’t want to ever come across as a know-it-all. I don’t know it all. In fact in the world of gardening I suspect I actually know very little (this is part of the reason I love gardening so much: there is always more to learn). Also, she didn’t exactly ask for opinions on it. It’s different if someone outright asks you for an opinion. But the other reason I didn’t want to send up a warning flare is that I think gardening is one of those areas where you have to learn from your own mistakes.
Oh sure, people can warn you and provide advice, but sometimes you just need to learn your own lessons through trial and error. In other words, you made your bed of oregano and now you need to lie in it.
There are lessons I learned that my mother and countless other gardeners warned me about. “Don’t buy one of everything, buy lots of a few things,” my mom said. But that’s not what I did, is it? Nope, I had a veritable collector’s garden going on out there, which is OK if you’re truly a collector, but not attractive if you want a pretty garden. I bet it took me four years to figure that out.
“Even though it tolerates shade, you can’t plant that oakleaf hydrangea in shade and expect it to bloom much,” I was told. Well guess what I did anyway? I don’t know if I thought that maybe I was special and that the laws of horticulture did not apply to me, but I planted that oakleaf hydrangea in full-on shade. Twice (I took it back to the nursery under warranty after the first year when it outright died).
“Artemesia is a spreader,” I’d heard. Oh pee-shaw, my formerly cocky gardening self thought. It won’t be for me! Mmmm hmmmm. This is how that turned out.
Having made those mistakes (and countless others) I will not try those things again. In fact, I’m a better gardener for having made those mistakes.
That’s why sometimes, when you see someone making a gardening mistake, it’s better to just let them make it.
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