Letters to a Young Gardener, Letter Three

The Hungry Gap

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My Dear Sir,

Thank you again for your patience.  I hope you are well and in good spirits.  When we first met, you said your aim was to take inspiration from what I might tell you, and that you want to figure out how to get started in gardening on your own.

In considering your question, I could not help thinking of what Gertrude Jekyll said many years ago in her book, ‘Wood and Garden (1899)‘:

“Many people who . . . wish to do some practical gardening are at their wit’s end to know what to do and how to begin.  Like a person who is on skates for the first time, they feel that, what with the bright steel runners, and the slippery surface, and the sense of helplessness, there are more ways of tumbling about than of progressing safely in any one direction.  And…

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