Some of you might know that I write a weekly gardening column for a small town newspaper. I was told its readership is around 5,000 but I'm not really sure if that means 5,000 total, or 5,000 who receive the paper in the mail, plus those that buy the paper at stands throughout the county. Sometimes when I'm talkin across the garden gate I'll ask the other person if they read my column in the paper and more times than I care to admit they'll say something like, "No, I only get the [insert name of bigger city paper(s) here], or "What paper do you write for?" or "No, but is it online?" And on and on. Over the years I've come to accept such answers, reluctantly, but I suppose it's part of what's happening with reading the printed word vs. reading online, vs. reading period.
I have to decide on a week to week basis what I'll write about, and rarely will I turn to past articles I've written for topic ideas. I assume that my choice of material will be interesting to my audience and I also assume that it has been interesting or else I'd probably be receiving negative feedback. I've been doing this going on six years now and surely by now someone would've said something to me if I were writing boring stuff.
This week's topic is ornamental grasses, and there couldn't be a much more easier thing for you to grow in your garden. They don't require much more than a once a year trimming once they're established, are rarely, if ever, bothered by pests or diseases, and the best part - look marvelous in the landscape. I'd tell you more but that might cause those of you locals reading this not to buy the paper! One thing I will do though is post a couple of interesting pictures that I'll be using alongside my article in the paper.
They're kind of like before and after shots, but I will be trimming back to six inches or so above the ground, some folks trim all the way to ground level, and that's okay too.