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  •  Not a problem. There should have been more (2+ / 0-)
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    diaries, but I took a month off between the second and third. I wasn't having the best of times then.

    Feel free to share far and wide, but make sure they read the first part! I'm not an expert by any means. I've just read a lot and had a great community down in Tampa while I was at USF to help me along. The pictures I use are all from the garden we started last year at my parent's place. Believe it or not, 2011 was the first year I was able to design, plant, and stay with the garden through most of their growing cycles.

    So a lot of this might be "old news" to a lot of folks, but someone has to do it!

    Thanks for reading :)

    •  99% Perspiration (1+ / 0-)
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      This is what makes somebody a genius:

      1. Work hard at your ideas
      2. Learn from failures
      3. Invest in successes
      4. Share your experience

      By my definition, you're a genius. Many people may be more learned than you about ecology, but how many people are actually living it?

      Just for showing your maturity in sharing an experiment that didn't turn out as hypothesized you deserve my rec. What else can we do than be honest about what went wrong, correct it, and do better next time?

      Growing things is hard. It's easy to write political rants about what's wrong with our world, but you are taking a tougher path. You're changing your world with your hands. You're planting seeds-- literally and metaphorically.

      Please don't let my praise have the wrong effect. Sometimes people feel pressured by too much positive feedback. So, maybe to temper it a bit, I'll give you some critique. I think if you take your scientific writing style, and couple it with some catchy, common-sense summaries you'll have more audience appeal. I find it easiest to do this by using metaphors to common experience. For instance, when talking about choosing plant species based on how they compete or support each other, I would compare it to "Choosing Good Neighbors". Some neighbors are loud and obnoxious and dominate the neighborhood. Gardening is the only place where you get to choose neighbors. So the ecological gardener's responsibility is to ensure that plant species are paired with other plants that make "good neighbors". This way, you can explain concepts in a way that is more memorable to your general audience.

      Your posts are always well sourced and documented. And I'm not saying you should lose any of that. But maybe just add some headings and descriptive text that explains your concepts in a way that appeals to both your technical and emotional readers.

      Thanks for your informative dairies! Happy gardening!

      •  Thank you thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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        I like critiques of my work.

        "Choosing Good Neighbors"

        Will be a heading come the polyculture/guild diary!

        I think you are spot on about my writing style. I'm not sure if dry is the correct term, but what you said is very accurate and well appreciated.


        •  Keep on rocking! (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm happy that you're growing the ecological catalog of diaries here at dKOS at the same time as you're growing food in your garden. My favorite thing to read about is stuff like this. It's all super-nutritious "Food For Thought". I can dig it!

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