A Modern Homesteader's Shame

| 6/26/2011 1:27:36 PM

Tags: modern homesteading, gardening, growing season, homesteading planning, homesteading tasks, Victoria Gazeley,

 Unplanted Garden Bed 

Now you know my shame.

I haven't planted my garden yet.

How can someone who claims to be a 'modern homesteader' not have planted her garden by the end of June, you ask?  Let me tell you...

It started with the weather. Cold, rainy, muddy - not very conducive to working outside. Now I know this isn't really an excuse - if I actually depended on my garden for sustenance, I'd be in trouble. BIG trouble.  But this weather, which is becoming fairly 'normal' for this part of the world through the end of June, just doesn't inspire the gardener in me.

What it does do is make me think.

victoria gazeley
6/27/2011 10:58:40 AM

Don, trial and error is definitely the name of the game! Or so I'm finding... ;o) I've been lucky to have great mentors, so not too much error so far, but some for sure! And cdo, thanks so much for the advice. I have a tendency to 'go big or go home' (or do nothing!), hence why the garden isn't planted. It's just too darned easy to keep working at my business or other things. My weakest area in this realm is definitely implementation! That wasn't the case last year, but I also wasn't running my own business then - not really, anyway. Amazing how many hours I've allowed it to eat up! So your advice is well taken - thanks! And BJ, I'm with you.... Sending lots of motivation your way and mustering up some for myself... :)

don c. bower
6/27/2011 5:56:32 AM

I thought about what you wrote,I'm new to gardening and home ownership.I on the otherhand rushed everthing,and every mistake you can make I have.I've heard a couple people talking about we need to get use to the wheather change,I've asked alot of questions about growing.If gardening is tough to get done,do to wheather or time try planter gardening,less time and less space.I'm hopeing to do some next year.From what I'm finding out trail and erra is the norm for growing anything.I'm glad my son could save some of our plants.Hope you grow good.

6/26/2011 5:03:32 PM

As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Planning needs to be enacted to be worthwhile. As someone who easily procrastinates in other areas (I love gardening - actually gardening), I would suggest making smaller plans and getting out there and getting them done, then come back and plan again if time allows. It's important to get something in the ground. There's plenty that you can still plant in June and harvest in the fall. Don't plan for fall now - work on your weakest area (implementation) and you'll be happier with the results. Plus you'll have something to show for all your effort! Good luck.

bj gingles
6/26/2011 3:16:19 PM

I must confess I too have let my garden go this year. I did plant a few tomato plants, squash, bell pepper and chard plants, and have begun to harvest a few things...but nothing like I should be doing or planned to do earlier. I am beginning to plan a fall and winter garden and hope I can find the motivation to actually do them.

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