I want you to read my blog because you like it. Not because of who I am. Which is probably why it’s taken so long to write this page! As a former lecturer in horticulture, deprived of the pleasure of public communication, I have turned to blogging.
I believe in education, although not necessarily what is offered today. Horticulturally speaking, I think I have something to say. People have sometimes told me that I should write a book. My old head of department used to tell me that if I wrote as I spoke, people might like it...as he read and despaired of my faltering prose! But what should I write? My interests are diverse and uncommon. No one wants to read a book about cemeteries or glyphosate or soil. I could not bear the idea of laboriously writing, editing, promoting, being rejected and then at the end of the day nobody buying the damned thing.
As I turned seventy, Cathi told me about blogs. Instant gratification! I can write about any current gardening whim and immediately send it out into the ether. I can even develop themes that would never make it into a lecture. The students would sleep!
I do think there is a need for gardening information that goes beyond the elementary stuff that is repeatedly churned out in the media. When I got the gardening bug at thirteen, a friend of my father, Bob Wall, was a keen amateur gardener. He told me to take ‘Amateur Gardening’ which I eagerly devoured. He said that after two years I would learn nothing more as it would all be recycled information. How right he was. Most things in gardening are aimed at beginners. Not least the stuff put out by the gardening great!
Why call my blog ‘No dig gardener’ when I write about other things too? I even write about digging! When we searched for a title, nothing else seemed satisfactory. Brenda suggested that if anything in gardening defines me, it is my failure to dig. Ergo, when you add my penchant for self-publicity you have ‘Roger Brook no dig gardener’. Once upon a time I feared to Google my name for fear of what I might find. I now do it all the time!