|A White Coneflower transplant that I planted in my wildflower garden this past week after most of the wildflower seeds that I planted this spring failed to grow as planned.|
Dear Readers, I will admit it: I am a Planner. I love it when I have a carefully laid out plan, and everything works out according to that plan. When things work out according to the schedule that I have planned, and all of the details that I worked out in my mind and on paper come to fruition, I think to myself, “Ah, all is right with the world!” and, “Of course it all worked out. I had a plan!”
The truth is, though, most of the time in life, things do not actually work out according to “the plan.” Things come up in our carefully planned out schedules that we didn’t anticipate and we must adjust our plans, or we must completely throw them out the window. People get sick. Accidents and bad weather happen. Events get cancelled. Our financial resources fall through and we must make different arrangements or change things entirely.
In our gardens, things don’t always go according to our plans either, and if you are a newer gardener like me and are still learning a lot of skills and other things about gardening, a lot of things can happen that disrupt your lovely garden plan for the season. The truth is, nature doesn’t really care about your plans. Weather events are unpredictable, and for most of us, such things are beyond our control.
I actually think that secretly, squirrels and other critters laugh at our garden plans and plot against them…
So far this season, dear Readers, I have had issues with a lot of rain making things very soggy in my garden, and this has made it difficult for some plants to establish themselves. A number of them have not survived (I will likely have no cabbages this year, for instance, as none of the cabbage transplants that I started and planted in my garden have lived) and others have been slower to establish. I have had ants in multiple places throughout my yard, which has made it difficult to grow things in certain areas. I have had squirrels digging in my herb spiral and eating my strawberries from my strawberry plant. The squirrels don’t seem to care that I have a fence around my main garden area, as they just climb up and over the fence and dig wherever they please. My perennial wildflower garden, which I attempted to seed twice with wildflower seeds also failed to take off on its own. These are just a few of my gardening woes that I had not encountered last year.
I have vowed to make this blog a record of many of the good things that happen in my garden and homestead, but also a record of when things don’t go so well, and to tell you about many of the things that I have learned along the way. I want you to know that you don’t need to be the perfect gardener right away, or ever. I certainly am not a perfect gardener yet. Perhaps I will never be one. I think that’s okay.
Don’t be afraid to try different things, experiment and learn. I think that in our culture, we are often told, “Do it right or just go home.” To expect perfection right away does not leave much room for personal growth or for learning from our mistakes. We are in a time of history that we can learn right now. Although, for some around the world, if your crop fails you will not eat, for many of us, we still have the blessing of being able to experiment and learn “as we grow.” Take advantage of that and work to gain knowledge and skills as best you can, at your own pace. Don’t be afraid to try new garden techniques, and try growing different plants and varieties that you’ve never tried growing before. What’s the worse thing that could happen?
It’s okay for things to fail, because we can learn a lot through those experiences and we will be all the wiser next time if we are paying attention to what happened. You can even share with others what you have learned, which can help them in their own gardening endeavors. Gardening and homesteading is an entire global community of people that love doing these things and love to share their knowledge and wisdom. As you learn more, you can contribute to the global network of knowledge as well.
I hope that with my willingness to be open about my garden and homestead triumphs and failures, you are inspired to go for it and just be willing to fail if you must. Often, success happens after we have failed many times. A successful product often has a history of many failed products and projects before it.
|My new Prairie Splendor Coneflower plant. I hope that the pollinators will like it, along with the other transplants that I planted this past week.|