As the Earth Day series of topics goes by , I ponder on the EXPECTATIONS of gardening or farming.Expect the UNEXPECTED to happen!
Usually we treat our garden project with some high profile expectations.Here is an example of a NEW gardener- comer's expectations :
1-I want my plants growing high yields right now.
2-I want to work smart :Meaning that I want to harvest while others will do the DONKEY WORK!
3-I want the weather to be perfect all the time with least frost,storms,heat,draught flooding and so forth.
4-I want to bother not with crop failures or any pest or bugs destroying my crop.
5-I want to make a lot of money selling my crop to the rich.
6-I want my dreams of gardening be fulfilled even though I spend less time ,money,effort working the land.
7-I want to hire cheap migrant farmers to do the donkey work while I watch gardening programs on TV or spend more time at my lap top researching and acquiring more farming knowledge.
8-I want to use anykind of fertilizer ,pesticide or miracle garden panache no matter what sludge or whatever to make my crops look smarter or bigger .
9-I want to learn the gardening/farming process in one shot class or trial with no errors or delay.
10-I want all of the above right now.
Expect the unexpected and accept the unaccepted, but for sure you need to expect the unaccepted and accept it:Gardening or urban farming is a process to learn,apply and harvest.It takes time,resources and most of the time you have to partner with nature not against it!