Hello and welcome. My name is Kevin, and I’ll be honest. I do not have a degree in horticulture, nor do I host a show on HGTV. My own landscaping business? Nope. Oh, and I’ve never appeared as a gardening expert on “The Martha Stewart Show.”
I’ve been told, however, that I do have a green thumb and that I’m a decent writer. Other than that, there’s a suburban yard, a potting shed, a very active imagination, years of trials and errors, and not enough time to do what I’d love to do. I enjoy weeding, working in my own yard, visiting gardens, being inspired, and talking with other gardeners and admiring the rewards of their labor.
For some time now, I’ve been wondering about how to try something different, where I can get away from “work,” and create something that would incorporate what I love to do in my free time. And this idea has grown into The Nitty Gritty Dirt Man.
My hope is for this blog to become a place to share knowledge, tell stories, and maybe even laugh along the way. I hope you enjoy it.
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I LOVED it, and Kevin — you ARE an excellent wordsmith! Enjoy.
Thanks for the well wishes.
Thomas Wolf once said”Tall oaks from little acorns grow”.I used this quote as the title for an eight grade graduation composition contest.(I won)!!So much hope and promise is a little packsge.
I love your post about seeds!I too, enjoy being outside in the garden.This time of year,when everything is popping up out if the Earth,reminds me of a new beginnig, starting fresh.Now is the time to divide and conquer…Divide your perennials and set them out in the great beyond..(the yard).–R
That’s exactly what I like a about spring–everything that’s green coming up. I’ll be dividing this weekend. Enjoy!
John from Minnesota here. Bought an old beeautiful Cape Cod style home in historic Anoka on the Mississippi. Terribly bad looking concrete pads 8″ thick was once a nice pathway out to the blvd…but now leads only to the middle of the front yard.
Much to heavy to yank out…too thick to break up.
The jury seems to be out…can I successfully lay top soil and sod over it? Any experience out there?
Thanks for your time!
Hi, John. Congratulations on the new house. Like I’ve said, I’m far from a trained professional, but I would personally lean toward getting rid of the cement — either renting or maybe even hiring someone with heavy machinery. It would probably be worth it, and it could be gotten rid of in a matter of minutes. If the cement stays there, under some top soil and sod, you may have constant problems with a) drainage and b) the roots of the grass never growing deep enough, which could result in grass dying of thirst. Hope this helps. Good luck with the project, and remember, it’s all part of the joy of home ownership.
Hi There, Grass is soooo over rated! Could you use the cement blocks as a path that leads to a water fountain, surrounded by an herb garden.May-be set potted plants on it to break up the lawn and add intrest to the yard? Just a thought!!
OK…just needed that nudge to THINK OUT OF THE BOX FOR ONCE!
THANKS GUYS (RACHEL)…I just need to create a destination and it all makes sense…and a fountain, a small garden and potted plants here and there on the walk will give the concrete puropose and hide some of the defects….what a fine idea…on my way to start this project in the morning! Maybe add some foliage along each side of the pathway. APPRECIATED.
Glad we could help. Good luck and happy landscaping!
Kevin, we want to get you up and going on Blotanical as soon as possible but we need for you to go into your Blotanical plot site and edit your blog information in “My Blogs”. We need you to add a Feed Url to the blank space you left.If you do not have a feed url please go to Google Feed Burner at feedburner.google.com and sign your Blog up to their feed burner. They will give you a feed url for your blog.Thank you, Lona
I love your beautiful pictures. My husband and I are new gardeners and looking forward to learning from you!
Jennifer, welcome to the gardening world and thanks for visiting. I hope I can offer some tips, but feel free to visit the sites listed in the Garden Blogs section to the right. There are many people out there more knowledgable than me. Happy gardening!
Thank you! I will take a look. We’re like sponges, soaking up everything. But I realize the more we get out there in the dirt with plain old trial and error, we’re really going to learn! We’re moving the end of this month and I already snagged a spot at the community garden in the new town. I’m so excited. I’m sure I’ll be writing you with questions! 🙂
Congratulations and good luck with the move! Imagine what you could learn from the other gardeners in the community! Possibilities are endless — all you need is a seed and a dream.
I like that. A seed and a dream. 🙂
Hi Kevin, Like the name of your blog. As for you being what you said not too bad of a garden, I think you do well. I been gardening for about 28 years or so and not a pro either. Your blog looks nice as well as the pics, I also like the title of your post I Canna Live Without You. Also your blog looks better than mine lol.
Hi Tony. Thanks for finding me and for your kind words. I try and do my best out there, and sometimes there is success, and sometimes there are things I know I have to avoid in the future. My concern now is how does a gardening blog survive the winter. Should be an interesting ride. Take care.
I recently discovered Patrick’s blog through some research that I was doing for my blog, Kevin, and I went to the “comments” field within the Contact Page of his blog, to recommend that he post on nybgs (New York Botanical Gardens) tumblr. I also gave him my e-mail contact info.
Here is a “copy” of my comment:
I found your blog whilst researching some information on “our mutual friends”, Hens ‘n Chicks, Patrick, and I discovered your blog entry, The Philosophy of Hens and Chicks. I truly enjoyed your heartfelt post, so I began to read your other entries, and got so engrossed I nearly missed my appointment! I am emailing you now because:
1. I notice there is no entry after October 16, 2011 and I am wondering if you have stopped blogging and
2. After reading the previous comment, I wonder if you would like me to post a link to your blog on my blog, The Last Leaf Gardener. For your convenience, I have posted the link below you may need to put the “traditional ” http:// in front of it for a search engine to find me, or send me an email to the address I entered here.
I made my comment a few weeks ago and it is not posted nor has anyone gotten in touch with me. Moreover, the phone number listed for Patrick within his contact info is disconnected.
I have been quite concerned as in the last thing that I read, he indicated that he was in the hospital. I am writing to you because your comment is the last one posted as is Patrick’s response. Because of the nature of his medical condition, I fear the worst. i don’t mean to pry, but do you know what has happened to him?
Hello. I’m sorry I can’t help you, but I do not know anything about what may be going on in Partick’s life. Like you, all I ever really knew of him came from his blog. If I learn of anything, I will contact you via your email. I do hope that he is okay.
Thanks, Kevin, and likewise from me, if hear back from Patrick I will let you know.
I did hear from him. He’s doing very well!
Thank you for your recent posts on my blog. If you have any suggestions for East Coast shops that would be a good match for our new century modern, home/garden accessory line, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it! Cheers!
After looking at the items, I think I have the perfect place — my home. 🙂 I will keep my eyes open.
Hi! I found you via Freshly Pressed, and I have to say that I absolutely love your blog’s name. I’m a newbie gardener so I’m hoping to learn a lot from your blog. Keep up the good work!
I’m thrilled that you found me and I hope I can be of assistance. Enjoy playing in the dirt! 🙂
Thanks! I’ll take all the tips I can get. And if you’ve figured out a way to keep rabbits from mowing down the plants, do tell. The furry little woodland creatures are probably my biggest enemy!
I just started a blog called beach blessed. I garden on Puget Sound near Seattle. Where are you? I love the tone and appearance of your blog and aspire to your greatness. All the best and green to you from the Emerald City!
Wow! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by my site. I am located on the East Coast, smack in the middle of Long Island, NY. Feel free to visit again. Cheers!
Love the name of your blog! Do you also go by Bojangles?
🙂 I go by lots of names, but not Bojangles. Glad you found me, and hope you wander around the place.
Great job Kevin, I wonder if you could predict when spring is going to arrive here in London? I’m sat inside on top of my heater, it’s snowing outside and I’m imagining the first blossom and Easter Eggs! Any ideas when it might warm up? Cold + Optimistic. Christine.
Brrrr! If I could predict the arrival of spring, I would — but, honestly, while I am thankful for the mild winter weather, I’m also worried that there will be payback. Predictions for the weekend? Brrrrr!
Kevin- Hi there, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check it out at tvglgw.wordpress.com titled Sunshine! Keep up the great work!
Kevin, great stuff – love the humility and your casual approach. Thanks for finding me on Blotanical. I really enjoyed checking out your blog and am going to include you in my gardening blog roll as well.
oh yeah, and I love the title — I’m a country music fan and listened to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band growing up 🙂
🙂 I’m not so much a country music fan — I just get really — REALLY — dirty when I’m working in the garden. I surprise even myself on how grimy I can get.
Kathy, glad you stopped by and that you enjoyed the content — and thanks for the support!
Kevin – My sister loves your blog, so I checked it out. I love your writing, and the blog. I’m not a gardener – but I am a fan of the pipes. I’m a police officer. Some of the worst moments of my life have been standing at a funeral in uniform over a fallen co-worker. There is nothing that makes me feel stronger in those moments, than that sound…the sound of the constant, enduring strength of those pipes. I can’t even explain the pride I feel when those pipers march in, powered by a musician in full-kilt uniform. I get emotion fueled goosebumps whenever I hear the sound. Those pipes are the sound of war and pride…thank you for marching in uniform and investing your time in such an amazing instrument.
I’m glad you found me. I have loved bagpipes since I was a kid — and I certainly understand the emotional side of their tone. I can also remember going to the Scottish Games and watching the massed bands. Actually, I heard the massed bands before I saw them. The ground actually vibrated from the combined sound. A beautiful noise. Thanks for your comment, and for the work you do.
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Thanks for the mention on your site. I truly appreciate it.
I’m so glad I came across your blog. Thanks for sharing these stories…God Bless!
And I’m glad you found it! I appreciate your taking the time. Be well.
You as well Kevin!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am getting ready to plant my Fall garden soon. Living in Florida this is almost the time. I am enjoying your blog!
Someday, I hope to be doing the same in Florida at this time of year. 🙂
Excellent scribe! If you would like to see a simple herb garden project, visit my blog “the thing about renewal”
Thanks for the invite.
I just came to your blog through the freshly pressed posts and I wanted to say congratulations for your blog. It’s like you have created your own virtual garden and that must be very rewarding! I can connect to what you said about admiring other gardeners for their work – I feel exactly the same way about other bloggers, like you, who have accomplished that through their blogs 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. I appreciate your kind words and support. Enjoy the day — and I hope you visit again!
I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please don’t kill me for doing so (ha-ha!) and don’t feel like you have to respond.
Thanks! I’m not sure I qualify, but I’ll let you know. By the way, I could never kill you. 🙂
Whew! Thanks. Ha-Ha!
🙂 By the way, are you supposed to ask me 11 questions? I’d be curious about what you would ask. . .
I am… but I’m such a slacker and didn’t type in any questions… you could answer the same Qs I answered from the person who nominated me or I can come up with some (if you prefer).
Actually, I’m kind of interested in what you can come up with. Give me 5 and I’ll borrow from the others on your site. Deal? 🙂
Ok… I’ll do that tomorrow… I’m about to leave the office to catch my train. 🙂
Thanks. Unfortunately, today has been insanely busy so I haven’t had time to think up any questions — well, I thought up a few on the train ride in…
I’ll cook something up tonight or tomorrow. 🙂
Whenever you get around to it. There’s no rush. 🙂
Ok luv, here are your questions: http://girrlearth.com/2012/12/11/five-questions-for-nittygrittydirtman-based-on-his-nomination-by-moi-for-the-leibster-award/
I’m afraid. I’m very afraid. 🙂
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Do you accept guest posts?
Hello Dan. I’m sorry, but I don’t — at least right now. You may want to explore http://BloggerLinkUp.com/
Happy New Year!
My gardening days have been left behind but I agree you can write.
Irene, many thanks for your kind words. You have no idea how much that means to me. Be well!
Congradulations! I have just nominated your blog for the Shine On Award. THis link will take you to my post about the award: http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/my-shine-on-award-2/.
Wow! Thank you very much for the honor — and congratulations to you! I will work on my acceptance ASAP — but these things take time.
You are certainly welcome! Take your time, there is no rush. Just enjoy.
Hey there Kevin!
I love your blog! I’d love to have you as a guest on my garden podcast – Still Growing. If you’d be interested in sharing your passion for gardening/blogging and what you’re working on, I’d love to connect with you.
Hi Jennifer. Wow! I’m deeply honored. I’ll definitely contact you with some questions about this idea. Thanks for thinking of me. 🙂
As a basic gardener in the Pacific Northwest, I hope to learn and be inspired by your blog. Looking forward to reading your posts.
Hi Lori. I’m so glad you found me! Welcome! 🙂