As you may remember, my 2016 garden was pretty much a failure. (You can read about it here.) I only managed to harvest one small meal’s worth of okra. There were a lot of factors that played into my failure, not the least of which was my own lack of attention to my garden’s needs. But! I do not feel discouraged. In fact, I believe I learned some valuable lessons from my gardening failure last year. Lessons that I think I can apply to a garden this year and reap much more success. I have also been taking some time to read a variety of books, articles, and posts that have given me some great tips and ideas to make 2017 a much more successful year.
It takes a lot of planning to make the most of your garden, especially when you’re just starting out. More weathered gardeners and farmers probably plan a lot less because they already have experience to show them what to do. My garden still needs a lot of set up to be its most sustainable and I can’t set up what I don’t plan for. Plus, if you know me at all by now making lists, researching, and planning is really my favorite part. I lack a bit in the execution area. (more…)