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Climate change, sustainability, and the use of lawn chemicals are highly debated and controversial topics.

January can be a challenging month for gardeners. After the excitement of the December holidays, we are faced with cold, cloudy days that make it difficult to enjoy gardening. As a columnist, I often struggle with deciding what to write about during this time. However, I always aim to inspire readers to try something new in their gardens, whether it’s experimenting with different plants or adopting new care techniques.

It’s important to note that there isn’t always a single “right” way to do things in gardening. I personally don’t have a formal education in horticulture, but I’ve gained knowledge through hands-on experience and learning from knowledgeable individuals I’ve had the privilege of working with. I believe that friendly disagreements can be opportunities for growth and learning.

As January comes to an end, I wanted to address certain topics that I approach cautiously. These are subjects that some people are passionate about in relation to horticulture. One of these topics is sustainability, which involves planting and growing native species of plants to support the environment and benefit insects and wildlife. While the benefits of native plants and sustainability are undeniable, it’s important to acknowledge that traditional gardening practices passed down through generations may not align with these principles. For example, there are movements in some parts of the country where people advocate for replacing lawns with wildflowers. While I personally wouldn’t do this, I believe that landowners have the right to choose what they plant on their property, as long as they adhere to local zoning ordinances.

Another topic I approach with caution is the use of chemicals in gardening. While some individuals believe that the use of chemicals should be banned altogether, I believe that they should only be used when necessary to protect the health of plants. Thankfully, advancements in technology have led to the development of environmentally friendly insecticides and fungicides.

Lastly, I choose to remain neutral on the topic of climate. This subject has become highly politicized, and I believe that it doesn’t belong in discussions about gardening. My goal is to provide helpful advice and information to readers, regardless of their beliefs or opinions on climate change.

In conclusion, January may be a challenging time for gardeners, but there are always new things to learn and explore in the world of horticulture. Whether it’s embracing sustainable practices, making informed decisions about chemical usage, or focusing on the joys of gardening rather than divisive topics, there is something for everyone to enjoy in their garden.

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