What's the key to good gardening? A Grand Forks gardener shares his advice
The Grand Forks Herald sat down with Chosin Roots Nursery & Design owner Brody Welsh for 5 Questions this week.
GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Herald sat down with Chosin Roots owner Brody Welsh for 5 Questions this week.
Q: How did you first get into gardening?
A: I first got into yard gardening when my mom taught me when I was about 5 or 6 (years old), and that kind of planted the seed, so to say, until I (had) just got back from the army and then kind of started gardening again, and it kind of gave me peace and relaxation, so that’s how I got into it.
What inspired you to start Chosin Roots?
A: Just my love and passion for gardening and plants, really.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: I do potting (and) potting arrangements. Either you can do one-time summer deals, or you can do all three or four seasons. So you can do spring arrangement, then a summer and then a fall. Fall would be some pumpkin stuff in there and some mums and that kind of stuff. And then winter arrangements are really fun. You can put pines and firs and stuff in there and lights. We have the potting service, and then gardening, and gardening can consist of anything from coming over and just watering, to being the full-time gardener over there once a week.
Q: What is your favorite gardening task?
A: That would be to split hostas or any type of plants. You dig them up, and then you just kind of massage the roots and then divide them into two or three or four. It’s so awesome, because from one plant you're getting four or five or more almost instantly, and then it just kind of compounds from there.
Q: What is the most difficult part of good gardening?
A: Patience. A lot of times, the customer just wants everything (fully-bloomed) and ready to go, but it's kind of like the journey is the best part, not the end result. That's kind of how it is. I like watching. That's why I do things from seed and propagation, because you see the beginning all the way to the end.