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Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

There are a few people on this fab forum that always respond.  Apologies if you think I'm being nosey, but how do you know so so much ??? 

Is it just though a passion and lots of learning along the years or have you trained professionally. 

I'm in awe, so much to learn, am glad of this forum to help me along the way.  



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,421

    Some of us have been around for at least 27 years. You can learn a lot in that timeimage

    and we don't all know everything, we know a lot between us.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 988

    Amateur who likes to know what things are and how they they grow - lots of reading, watching, listening and a good number of years on the clock!! Still learning image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    It's a passion. I look back at posts I made 18 months ago and think to myself how much of a novice gardener I was.

    The amount I have learned in such a small space of time fascinates myself.

    If you are truly passionate about something you will make it your duty to learn more and more about that subject.

    It applies to anything in life, this is why technology has advanced so much over recent years. image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    To add to nut's post - we all live in different parts of the country too - so we can often give different views on things based on 'local' knowledge. I have experience of things that grow well in my own area - but my conditions will be totally different to someone living in the South East of England. We're all still learning - I've learnt a huge amount in the last year from all the great people here image

    I've been around for a bit more than 27 years too image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    None of us know everything peanuts and that's the beauty of gardening, always more to learn and this forum is probably the best there is for learning. It's free and help is willingly given, you couldn't put a price or in a book what you get on here for free and very few have trained for anything other than a love for what we do. Human beings learn best by doing things, fact, gardeners 'do' and learn as a result. There's no secret, just wisdom passed on, that's how we evolved to where we are now. You don't get much in this life for free so fill your boots.image 

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Peanuts, I think I am the first fellow newbie to post on your thread and have to agree.  I joined a few months ago and in that short time have learnt so much, it still amazes me how much the 'experts' know, but slowly slowly it's sinking in and maybe in 27 years (as Nut said) I will know as much as them....I can live in hope.  Until that time, we can benefit from their wisdom and knowledge to help our gardens along image

    Mike, great tip about the adding the botanical name,....why haven't you shared that with me before image I also have to agree with Mike on the his 'honour amongst thieves' analogy, I have asked the silliest of questions and still am, but never has anyone ever made me feel silly/stupid, everyone has been so helpful.  In the end we all have to start somewhere but some start later than others image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881

    As Nut says, some of us are very very old, even more than 27!!!  Some of us are so old we're going backwards and are 26!!!  

    My first memories are of being shown how raspberries and gooseberries grow on spiky bushes, and of planting crocus bulbs in the garden at kindergarten.  I grew up on a farm so life was always about growing things, and I went to a tiny village school where the teacher was potty about Nature and took us on long walks showing us things.  I then went to a grammar school where the only interesting teacher taught biology.  I developed a good visual memory and an early knowledge of latin names - I've always grown things, even in student digs when I had no garden of my own I looked after the landlady's garden and grew things in pots. throughout my life my art has always involved plants.  A good art education means that I'm a lateral thinker and can apply information learned from one thing to another. 

    From my teens I've listened to Gardener's Question Time and I have one of those memories that hangs on to odd bits of information and I still have a reasonable filing system in my brain.

    And has been said - if you're really really interested in something you'll remember it. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    I started in a local garden centre when I left school in 1979 and was in professional horticulture until 2011.

    I've said before, " we all know something, none of us knows everything. Some of us know more about some things than others, but, what we know, we're happy to share"

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    The sharing bit is the key Hostafan. As Dave says - if you had to try and find something in a book or t'interweb - especially identifying things - it could take ages, but here on the forum we have a ready made encyclopedia. Having some advice and encouragement if you're unsure of how to tackle something is invaluable.  Once you have a bit of info - books and the web are great additional tools  -but that initial help is the seed that grows image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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