July 26, 2004

Extreme Gardening

You have heard of 'Extreme Programming' but now I have defined for myself 'Extreme Gardening'. This involves a great deal of speed, effort and ruthlessness and involves cutting, hacking, and digging with a disregard for nettles, brambles and the like. It is also an undefined process where the gardender doesn't actually know for sure where he or she is heading at the onset. Hence the gardener may develop a sudden dislike for certain plant or shrub and a brutal desire for its removal. The object in question was a well established rhubarb plant (nothing that requires that much sugar to be edible can be good for me). Suddenly the desire to eradicate it overcame the gardener. Two hours, 8000 calories, 2 blisters and 3 bags of huge woody tubers later, the plant and its remnants had gone. The newly defined bed lay woody and naked awaiting the more gentle process of extreme planting.

Come to think of it, its not dissimilar to the design process :)

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  1. That sounds a lot like the pleasure of ripping down wallpaper or tiles. There is something really enjoyable about being destructive! It's instant satisfaction, whereas replacing what you've destroyed usually takes much longer.

    27 Jul 2004, 09:25

  2. Extreme gardening is the only way to go! I'm not much good at the nurturing/watering side of gardening, but give me a saw and point me at the buddlia-monster-tree in my back garden, and a happy afternoon awaits…

    12 Aug 2004, 13:20

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