You’ve got dandelions, you see, and you’ve got saplings. And them two things are just real different.
A dandelion, well you puff up your lips and you huff out your breath and you blow, man. Whooa! out your breath comes and them dandelion seeds they put on a parachute and they fly away, up and over the roof and over the head of that damn barkin dog and maybe they get into a fender-bender with the big gum tree there or maybe they float on to who knows where? I don’t.
And a sapling, right, a sapling you first gotta dig it a right-size hole and put in the right fertiliser and worm tea and whatnot and then you gotta take the pot in one hand and the sapling in the other and squeeze it and shake it and pull it outta that pot and riffle them roots and you realise that you made the hole too deep and so you fix that and you careful, careful put it in and pat the earth around and you water it, all that. And then you gotta come back with the water and the worm tea and y’garden gloves and y’weeder, every day for pretty much ever, tending that sapling until it’s big enough to mind its own business. And even then you gotta come back visitin pretty often.
So you got y’dandelions and you got y’saplings. You got that in your head?
Okay, so here’s where I’m drivin at. You don’t wanna get them two mixed up. You don’t wanna put down hundreds of saplings and then just ignore ’em. You see the council do that when they fix up a park, and it’s a cryin shame. Two weeks later most of them saplings’ll be limp or dead. Council don’t care about ’em, they’re okay with most of them saplings dyin so long as some of ‘em make it through. But it ain’t the way to raise your garden, is it? If you go through the effort to plant a sapling, you gotta be prepared to make the effort to look after the damn thing.
And likewise, if you got dandelions then you don’t wanna care much about ’em. You don’t wanna tag each one and pin y’hopes on it, say, Hey number 27, lookin fine! You gonna be the one that makes it! cos most of them flat-out won’t. Most of them dandelion seeds will end up in a crack in the concrete somewhere, or in a gutter, somewhere they got no chance of growin. And half the few that make it to dirt will end up somewhere they ain’t wanted, and some proud lawn owner will pull ’em up and stamp on ’em. You send out a thousand dandelions, you might get ten that make it. Save your breath to puff out more, that’s the best bet with dandelions.
What am I drivin at? Whoo, the manners on you!
Well, you come out here and chatter at me while I’m weedin and I like the company so it’s just fine to me to hear about all this stuff I don’t en-tirely understand, like “scheduled tweets” and “mailin lists” and “webinars” and such. It’s innerestin, better than listenin to that damned dog bark every time I get near his precious fence – shut up, ya damn mutt! – so like I said, I don’t pretend to understand a lot of what you’re drivin at, but I get the jist… you sit at that fancy black computer and you send out things over that Internet you keep sayin you’re gonna show me one day. And I’m just wonderin if you know which of them things you put out there are saplings, and which of ’em are dandelions.
Just some food for thought. It’s prob’ly nothin.
Hand me that worm tea, wouldja?
If you want to improve your dandelion production, or grow healthier saplings – or both! – the Lighthouse is full of resources to help.