My one regret in life is that I am not someone else*

*A quote by Woody Allen

I know some of you have been growing for decades.

But I also know some of you haven’t jumped into gardening yet because you don’t have that perfect piece of land – the one with the meandering creek and the little stand of pine trees in the back and the roaring fire in the wood stove.

Maybe right now your ‘piece of land’ is just a 100 square foot balcony, the closest thing to a creek being an occasional dripping from the neighbor’s balcony above, the only pine being fastened together tightly in your fold up chairs, the only fire from the propane grill.

Maybe you already have the land, but have never gardened before and have no idea how to start.

Maybe you have the land and the know how, but other things always seem to get in the way of that next project you’ve been thinking about for years.

We can always think of reasons to wait before starting something new.

But there are often better reasons to find a way to do it now.

Have you ever heard that when we get older, we don’t regret so much the things we did, but the things we didn’t do?

I’m not sure if anyone has ever spent their final days regretting that they didn’t start that organic garden, but I do get occasional emails from people who want to start a garden, yet are 1) anxious because they don’t have the knowledge, or 2) disappointed that they don’t have the land.

But knowledge can only truly come from trying it out, and the perfect piece of land may not come for awhile, so I encourage you to work with what you have:

1) If you don’t have the knowledge, make a list of things you think you need to learn, and plan to learn them as you go this year. It takes some expertise to grow a really successful organic garden, but it doesn’t take much to get it started, have some success, and learn a whole lot. Here’s a short list of what you might want to learn a little bit about as you go this year:

  • How to improve soil quality
  • How to design and create a garden bed
  • Which seeds and plants to buy, and how to plant them
  • How to maintain a garden organically
  • How to control pests and weeds organically

In fact, I think I’ll write about all of the above next Saturday to give you a little primer, so stay tuned for that.

2) If you don’t have the land, you can find a community garden plot, or use that 100 square foot balcony, or a windowsill, or even the top of a clothes dresser.

I recently moved into a new apartment. This balcony in this photo will be my garden this year, in addition to a couple of trays of plants I’ll keep going inside on my dresser, the reflection of which you can see in the glass here. My balcony

I actually started writing this today because I was thinking about regret and how I hope to get to the end of my life having done most of the things I wanted to do, even when I was scared to do some of them.

With that, I encourage you – and myself – to say we’re sorry, tell him thank you, tell her how much you love her, and go after those impossible dreams.

While we won’t always get the results we want, we will sit in our gardens as the sun goes down – wrinkled… aching… dirty fingernails reminding us that we did our best.

I don’t have a specific question for you today, so feel free to ask below whatever is on your mind.


P.S. Whether you’ve been gardening for decades or are just starting this year, there is one product I recommend as being the most benefical for almost everyone, and that is effective microorganisms. I just got in a fresh batch, which reminded me to remind you to check it out here if you want to learn more about it.



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