Digging up the Dirt

I was pondering my subject for this week when a friend in Portland suggested I write about the differences in gardening between Portland Oregon and Columbus Georgia. I explained how it wasn’t all that interesting since it really boils down to two basic differences. In Portland you get wet and go ewweee when you encounter another slug. In Columbus you sweat and keep your mouth shut so you don’t suck down the gnats. She pointed out that the plants had to be very different creating diversity in landscaping between the two places. I responded with, “Not really.” A rank amateur gardener would be surprised by the similarity of plant life found in Portland and Columbus. Actually the biggest difference is land is cheaper here so yards are bigger with more to mow and landscape. With a smaller area to work with gardeners in Portland can afford to go wild at the nursery. She asked, “Don’t you have red dirt there?” Well sure but you certainly can’t garden in it. I then came up with a brilliant distinction. I told my friend how there are a lot of pine trees here so you can mulch with lots and lots of free pine straw. I thought I was on to something when I reminded her how much we had to pay for bags and bags of bark dust in Portland. My friend was not impressed. My friend is a tough critic. Frustrated with me, she told me to write about kudzu in the south and the equivalent in Oregon. Well she stumped me there. There is no equivalent to kudzu anywhere I have ever lived, Portland or elsewhere. Kudzu may not have its equal anywhere on earth for all I know. How do you explain this to someone? If you haven’t seen entire trees turned into a Kudzu forest you tend to disbelieve. Grasping the concept of Kudzu overtaking any and everything in its path not moving is…..well you just have to experience it.


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    very interesting – but I haven’t seen much kudzu lately.

    11 Apr