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From Dennis: Signing off for this season

Fall scene at MoBot
Fall scene at MoBot

From Dennis Patton:

2014 has been one for the record books. Who would have predicted a summer that was cooler than normal with above average rainfall? I don’t think it could get much better than this in the summer garden in Kansas City.

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, and the then the onset of the holiday season, we turn our attention to family and friends. That means the garden must take a backseat in our lives. But that is just fine. We need a break from most activities from time to time. With the holiday season upon us it is also a time to reflect and count our blessings. Reflecting back on the gardening season of 2014 this is what I was thankful for. I must admit some are a little selfish.

▪  Rainfall and lower water bills.

▪  A bountiful tomato harvest — the last few years have been slim pickings.

▪  Drip irrigation — I finally solved my watering problem in a back garden bed.

▪  Fellow gardens to share ideas, stories and plants.

▪  Extension Master Gardener volunteers to make each day at work a pleasure.

▪  Clancy, our dog. He is the best gardening buddy.

Like you I also need a break. That is why I am taking off the month of December and early January from these weekly blog posts. It is a pleasure to share information and my random thoughts with you each week. My goal is that you learn something, smile occasionally and use the information to make your gardening passion just a little more enjoyable.

People often ask me where I got my love of gardening. I usually say from my grandmother. I do give her credit, but that doesn’t answer the question why I was attracted to plants. My brother and sister spent time with her and they didn’t get bit by the gardening bug. Not to create political tension but is our love of gardening nature or nurture? I guess I would have to say that it is a combination of both. I think you will agree.

Thanks for a great year on the blog and in the garden. See you next year.