By Spencer Hall

As the old proverb goes, all good things must come to an end and I’m sad to say this is the case for the beloved column Gardening with Pete. 

Over the past 23 years, long-time Dunster resident Peter Amyoony has published his column dealing with the “down to earth nuts and bolts of organic gardening” in the Robson Valley. His column appeared first in the Robson Valley Times, then in the Rocky Mountain Goat and has been a part of our publication since the paper launched in 2010. 

Amyoony’s final column before his full retirement kicked off was published in our March 28th issue.

For over two decades, Amyoony has shared his expertise in a conversant and friendly tone that would put even the most novice gardener at ease. His columns have given us advice on a wide variety of topics, such as dealing with garden pests, how to grow rosemary, and why we shouldn’t hesitate to plant that perennial bed. 

Sabine Keil put it best in a 2016 letter titled “How could you not love Pete?”

“He knows my garden better than I do. He’s never spent time in it. He doesn’t know where it is. Yet, he’s never failed me with good garden advice,” Keil said.

Since I’ve started with the Goat, several readers have shared similar sentiments with me about Pete’s column.

From all of us at the Goat, I’d like to thank Pete for sharing his knowledge with us for so many years and making our thumbs a little greener each week. We wish him the very best in his retirement.

What impact has Pete’s column had on your gardening skills? Let me know by email at [email protected]