Guest Rant by Susan Reimer, Baltimore Sun columnist and blogger
Every new year begins with resolutions, and every gardener makes
- No buying another plant unless I have a spot for it.
- Stay on top of the weeds.
- Plant for fall color, too.
- Don’t water at night, even if it is easier.
But Burpee, the seed company, has taken New Year’s resolutions to a pretty absurd point: seed
varieties for the resolutions on your list.
For just $10, you can buy seeds for The Resolution Garden, “one that will inspire positive changes in nearly every area of one’s life.”
The resolutions and their corresponding seeds are:
- Lose weight – Lettuce Heatwave
- Exercise – Pole Bean Blue Lake
- Save money – Tomato Supersteak
- Reduce stress – Mixed cutting flowers
- Steward of the environment – Monarda Bergamo
- Spend time with the family – Sun Forest Sunflowers
- Better food choices – Carrot Burpee A#1
Ouch. Can you say marketing ploy?
I admit that plowing through all the seed catalogs that arrive in January is a full-time job. And it might help to narrow the choices and focus on what exactly you want to do in the garden this year, instead of just picking seeds because the pictures are pretty.
But this marketing approach makes gardeners look simple and dumb, and even beginning gardeners don’t want to feel that way about themselves.
And, as far as New Year’s resolutions go, how about this one:
Simply garden for the sake of gardening and you will get a little closer to
being the better person you resolved to be in 2010.