A photo from an Academy member of a tomato hornworm (explained below).
You are going to fail this year…
Hornworms will eat your tomatoes.
A loved one will get sick.
The bindweed you thought was finally under control will spring up again.
Someone will make you feel bad about yourself just for being who you are.
Your tomato crop may rebound by August.
Your loved one may, too.
You’ll dig up most of the bindweed.
You’ll meet someone new who makes you feel perfect just as you are.
The most important lesson I learned in 2014 was impermanence.
Bad things are going to happen every single day this year, but life will get better again, and maybe you’ll even learn something new.
Good things are going to happen too, but most of them won’t last long.
If your expectations include some bad things coming your way and some good things going away, life will turn out exactly as you planned.
If you plan for the mildew to hit the squash again this summer – good for you! Things are going according to plan!
Much of last year felt like a big failure for me, but I have a feeling I’m going to look back on it as one of the best years of my life.
Learning how to grow a successful, organic garden generally takes more than one growing season, just as learning how to love generally takes more than one lover.
If your garden didn’t go as planned and you’re anxious about trying again, try again anyway and plan for things to not go as planned.
While many of us garden for food and flowers, one of the biggest benefits of gardening is learning. If you garden to learn, you’ll succeed every day.
Living life and growing a garden from a place of fear is an easy paradigm to fall into, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Hornworms and bindweed and mildew aren’t threats – they’re teachers.
P.S. The tomato hornworm larva up above has been “parasitized” by a braconid wasp. The white things are cocoons for the wasp eggs. Larvae will hatch from the eggs and feed on the inside of the hornworm until the wasps are ready to pupate. Then the wasps will emerge, kill the hornworm and go onto parasitize other hornworms. So if you have a parasitized hornworm, leave it right where it is in order to encourage those wonderful wasps.
P.P.S. What was your biggest let down in the garden last year, and what can you learn from it? I’d love to hear from you down below…
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