Gardening is a humbling experience. Even the most seasoned gardeners have to deal with bad crops. It’s a part of life. It’s life as a whole. It’s nature. It’s weather. It’s everything out of your control. Even with focus, time, energy, and the most strict care, it’s unpredictable. Shit happens. Like I said, it’s humbling. To put your best effort into a crop and have a raid of bugs, rodents, or disease sweep through—with no concern— because, let’s be honest here, those pests and whatnot’s don’t care about your garden. But that’s okay, why would they? But each thing that comes, good and bad, there is a learning experience. And each mishap— especially the ones beyond your control, you find a humbling experience. And with each damaged crop, you gain another chance to move forward and try something new. Or at least try the old thing, in a new way. Regrowth.
I have mixed feelings when I’m in the garden. I’ll be honest, I can be lazy— but then I know, it’s not a “I’ll pick this up when I feel like it” hobby. That’s not how a garden works. If you want it to thrive, you have to put the work in. The less you put in, the less you get back. The more love, care, and attention to detail, the more growth you see.
Then there are moments at the end of the day, when I step back there all by myself, and there’s a perfect glow of sun still sitting in our space and I feel so in love and so in awe. Sappy, I know. But I’m forever happy for the space and a chance to grow. And forever happy for a chance to do this with my family, they make it worth it.
I feel like I’m losing myself in this post, but the point is, shit happens. I’m learning lessons in patience and uncontrolled misfortunes of rodents all over the place this week— in my garden and some in my life. But I’m working hard on taking the fruit from our harvest, and enjoying it regardless, while rebuilding the rest. Through ups and downs, I’ve got a good thing going. Bugs come. Rodents eat your plants. Disease can kill a whole bed over night— and you can be sad about it, or just plain lazy about it, but if you want more fruit, you’ve got to try again. In gardens and in life.
A few garden questions I’ve been asked lately:
How much did it cost to build one bed?
Honestly, we’re not sure, we bought A LOT of different supplies and tools in our garden bed building
hardware store run— We’d like to estimate it at around 80$— but that’s an estimate.
Are you worried about the metal cause the soil to heat up too much in the sun? It’s hot here, it’s gotta be hot there too.
I mean, yes, it’s a concern, but we haven’t seen any issues with it yet. We didn’t really have a winter this year— it’s still in the 80’s most days, but the soil seems fine. The morning sun doesn’t hit the side of the beds for long enough to do any damage. And the full day sun hardly touches the metal.
Are you worried about rust with the metal beds?
Corrugated metal isn’t supposed to rust– hopefully, right?
What are you growing?
LOTS of things. I couldn’t name them all right now if I tried. Our trees are all tropical fruit trees. The vines are passionfruit. And in the beds and pots, it’s all vegetables and some herbs– beets, beans, kale, carrots, the list goes on. I swear Alex sneaks a new plant in there everyday. But I plan on doing a whole post on it in the future.
I’m sure I’m missing questions, but I can’t remember them. If you have more questions, please ask. I’ve slowly, but surely working on more emails. I do respond to all the them, sometimes it just takes me more time! I’ll be pepper spraying the kale and the broccoli like crazy this weekend. We have a new collection of aphids living on them. (boooo.) And I’ll be planning and looking forward to next week. I have friends in town (yay!)… and I may or may not be turning another year older 😉
When life gives you fallen, green tomatoes, make friend green tomatoes, right?
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Thanks again and again for being here.