Irreconcilable Differences


Country MoonIrreconcilable differences. This term surfaces a lot in relationships when the only thing that two people can agree on is to disagree. Recently, this issue came up with Ron and me... not our relationship, but rather, our way of life.

He has been a farmer all of his life and, although I grew up on a farm, my passion has been gardening. Of course, some of each has rubbed off on the other one and I remarked, "If we're not careful, you'll make a farmer out of me and I'll make a gardener of you." He quickly countered with, "You'll never be a farmer and I'll never be a gardener."

Like most irreconcilable differences, most points of concern aren't really that far apart. A farm is defined as an area of land used for growing crops and the definition of a garden is an area of land used for growing fruits, vegetables or flowers. There are many large businesses that grow fruits, vegetables and flowers for resale, thus making them crops in the same sense as corn, soybeans, wheat and all other farm crops. Just south of me there is a 70-acre "farm" that raises only daylilies and hostas. There is no way that I would refer to this operation as a "hobby garden."


Yet, there is that distinct differentiation and most gardeners are thought of as hobbyists. Most gardeners that I know take it pretty seriously just like farmers do. We all check the weather forecast at a minimum of three times daily. We scrutinize either fact sheets for different brands of crop seeds or seed catalogs to find varieties that offer the particular characteristics that we are looking for in a crop and ones that are suitable for our types of soil and geographic region where we live. Yeah, we are all pretty much on the same page here.

What does set farmers and gardeners apart are our methods for to the end product; quality and quantity of good crops. The three biggest obstacles for both are plant diseases, insect and critter control and weed management. Perhaps the one of these that poses the biggest problem is weed control. Here is where the gardener has made strides that can actually benefit the farmer.

Grandma Mary
7/2/2018 4:10:30 PM

My husband and I say we have irreconcilable differences... He uses a MAC and I use a Windows PC! I enjoy your articles!

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