Meet Erin, our newest featured blogger and the writer behind The Impatient Gardener. She’s a master gardener and shares her 1.3-acre backyard and gardening knowledge on her blog. But you won’t find just flowers there; Erin is a true DIY-er and it’s a treat to follow her DIY project adventures.
What was the inspiration behind your blog and how long has it been around?
I started The Impatient Gardener in April 2009. I’m an editor at SAILING Magazine and, although I love to write about sailing, it can get tedious to always be writing about the same thing. I felt like I needed to write something completely different from what I do at work and that a blog would keep me “honest” about sticking with it. Gardening was a natural topic for me because it’s something I love to do and friends were often asking me questions about gardening, so I thought I could also share a little bit of knowledge or inspiration through my blog.
How did you get into gardening?
Gardening is such a wonderful activity because so many people are introduced to it by a family member, and my story is no different. My mother is a talented gardener who has created such an amazing garden retreat at my parents’ house. At some point after college I realized that I wanted to attempt to create that kind of beauty myself. I started with container gardens at various apartments and when the containers started taking over the patio at an apartment I shared with my now-husband, we realized it was time to start looking for a house with a big enough yard to satisfy my gardening urges.
What’s one of your favorite or most popular blog posts and why?
Although I cringe at seeing myself on a video and hearing my Midwestern accent, I really like the video post on how to tie a bowline and all the uses it has for gardening. It’s one of the few times that my two favorite hobbies—sailing and gardening—come together in a really beneficial way.
When you’re not doing yard work, what is your favorite outdoor activity?
I keep saying that I either need to stop adding fair-weather hobbies or move to a place where summer lasts much longer than it does here in southeastern Wisconsin. Sailing is my first love and it’s something I do all summer long on a variety of boats. I’m usually racing, but we occasionally relax and take a cruise or just go out for a daysail. But I also enjoy golfing with my girlfriends, beachcombing on the shores of Lake Michigan, training with my two Newfoundland dogs in water rescue and I recently discovered stand-up paddleboarding, which I’m really excited about.
What’s one quirky thing about yourself we can share with our readers?
I have to touch everything. If I see something I like or am fascinated by, my first inclination is to reach out and touch it. I am constantly petting the flowers in my garden and feeling the clothing hanging on the rack in the store. Even as a young child I couldn’t keep my hands off things and my parents tell me I dialed a television to death. I guess I’m just a very tactile person.