This follows a series of pieces Amanda is writing about her gardening journey
We asked Amanda for updates about her garden. When spring starts, we all start out with hopes, but they are no guaranteed outcomes. In this update, Amanda gets real about gardening failures.
Failure is difficult. It is especially difficult when you spent approximately November through February of the previous year meticulously planning out your garden. Or when you ride your bike across your neighborhood to pick up a free gardening book from a random neighbor you have never met. Or when you’re clearly so excited for gardening season that a family member buys you the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog for a Christmas gift and you spend hours gleefully going through and circling things like a child with a Toys R Us catalog.
Or maybe it is all those things. And you are writing a garden diary for a non-profit that you know people will read.
But here is the thing. Failure in farming, whether it is as small scale as the pot of grocery store basil slowly dying in your window, to your personal garden, to growing crops for sale, happens. And it is easy to get discouraged. If this growing season had happened to me my first year of gardening, I probably would have given up. Honestly.
But I do not want you to give up. So here, laid bare is a list of my gardening failures for 2020. After, there will be a list of successes, because even in failure, living things find a way to surprise and delight you.