"This Too Shall Pass"
The Woodlands Home & Garden Show on Saturday
In light of the drought, I've been embracing the biblical proverb from King Solomon ... "This too shall pass." (1 Corinthians 10:12)
I think it's extremely applicable, not only because of the drought, but in light of my disdain for rubber and dyed mulches.
In all honesty, this drought is tearing me up inside. We need rain for many reasons, not just horticulturally speaking. Recently, though, I did hear a great, positive message regarding the lack of moisture: "Just remember, we are one day closer to rain!"
After I said "this too shall pass" on the air last weekend, someone emailed to say I wasn't using it in the right context. I always thought it referenced a positive way of thinking that bad times will eventually end. But now, I have discovered that it was also Solomon's way of worrying about the good times that could be taken away. So, while I was half right in my interpretation, I think the proverb has applied to many gardening issues that have besieged me personally. Obviously, it is applicable to the drought. But it also applies, for me, to the rubber mulch and dyed mulch disasters that have unfortunately made their way onto the Houston gardening scene.
But here's the good news, and why I think "This too shall pass." I was at the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Expo in Dallas last Friday, and after leaving I realized there was not a single rubber-mulch purveyor there this year. That just made my day! And, guess what? There were no dyed-mulch marketing efforts either.
For the past few years, when wondering if people will ever get my message regarding rubber and dyed mulches, I've been repeating the line, "This too shall pass." What I saw at the TNLA Expo suggests to me that people are learning how bad both are for Texas landscapes.
And as for the drought ... remember, we are always one day closer to rain. So when you wonder if the dry spell will ever end, remember the phrase engraved on King Solomon's ring - "This too shall pass." Just keep praying ... and pray in groups. Remember the Lord said "whatsoever any two or more come together and agree and ask in Your Son's name, it shall be given." So, let's all get together and humbly pray for rain.
GardenLine will be broadcast live from the Saturday edition of the Woodlands Home & Garden Show at the Waterway Marriott. You can come see me as early as 8 a.m., but the doors to the show don't open until 9. Then, 10:30-11:30, I'll be doing a seminar, and anyone with proof of paid admission to the show can attend. I will be discussing everything about drought recovery and future drought prevention.
Then, 11:30-1:30, I'll be hanging around the broadcast booth selling my latest book, 1001 GardenLine Questions and running a great special on it. If you buy two or more copies, they are only $10 each. If you just need one, it's the regular price of $15. For the first 25 who buy two or more, I will also hook you up with one of many drought-fighting products - from Expand 'n Gro soil by Scott's Miracle-Gro to Micro Life mini jugs and more.
You can also get your first whiff of the newest organic lawn food. Sweet Green from Nitro-Phos hits the market in September, and its 11-0-4 analysis not only greens up the lawn, it doesn't have the notorious "chicken poop" smell of most other organic lawn foods. I'll have some samples to give out, but see it and smell it for yourself to know why I'm so excited about this potential game-changer.
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