Dig in: Don't fear killing the plants and other gardening tips from Edmonton horticulturist Jim Hole

Dig in: Don't fear killing the plants and other gardening tips from Edmonton horticulturist Jim Hole

When worried new gardeners would fret about how to get started, Lois Hole would gently encourage them not to let fear get the upper hand.  "People would come to my mom and say, 'Can I plant these seeds now? And my mom would say 'That's a $2

package of seed. Put it in. Live dangerously.' It's cheaper than a coffee," said Jim Hole, gardening guru and son of the beloved former lieutenant-governor, during a Thursday question-and-answer session.

That said, Hole has gathered plenty of horticultural tips and tricks — learned from his mom, from growing up on a farm and from helping run his family's greenhouses business — which he happily shared during the session hosted by Edmonton News at 6 host Nancy Carlson.

But the most important suggestion he offered Thursday was not being afraid to try.

"We all have this fear of killing plants," he said. "I can tell you any great gardener has killed a lot of plants ... and they've had to learn from their mistakes. 

"But the reality is we have so much fear built up — and it is unwarranted."

Let's dig in.

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