Perseverance…Further Lessons from the Garden

Enough about plants! Did you get my food, woman!?

Alternatively, I get by with a little help from my friends.

I mentioned on Wednesday, how I felt a bit like a failure for not getting my seeds started and how I endeavored to learn from my personal slump this winter. Today led to a few new lessons from the garden. I had to leave my house in order to buy chicken feed for the hens at school and rabbit food for Wendell the bunny. Trips to the feed store are always fruitful. This was no different and I left with zucchini, patty pan squash, eggplant, water melon, and three kinds of peppers. I also left with renewed hope.

Lesson 4: Replant, Regrow, Endure

Gardening success is not guaranteed. If it was, everyone would probably be doing it. You are going to fail. Allow yourself your failures. The key is to learn from those failures. Allow them to happen again. You have a limited amount of control. If your garden bites it, buy some appropriate seedlings and try again.

Lesson 5: Accept Help and Advice

The best way to learn is to ask questions and get the advice of others. As a general rule of thumb, the folks at the feed store are some of the nicest and most helpful people and maybe that guy at the feed store knows a way to vanquish squirrels. He might know a way to get your zucchini to set fruit. Also, when your seed starting doesn’t work out, they have plants to sell you. There is no shame in buying plants…really. It’s more expensive than seeds, but less expensive than a Trader Joe’s zucchini. Advice and a leg up are invaluable; accept them with grace and gratitude.

I can’t wait to get these into the ground and try to coax them to success. I will start seeds again this summer, because there is always the autumn.