Then, gradually, the story begins to change
Summer arrives and we find ourselves busier than we ever imagined we would be. With family activities, entertaining, and uncomfortably hot weather, it becomes easier and easier to procrastinate about working in the garden. We look at the calendar and know we ought to use more fertilizer, but we don’t have time to change into our gardening clothes and dedicate a whole afternoon. We guiltily consider buying a common non-organic synthetic fertilizer we could mix with water or use in a hose-end sprayer, but we know that type of product provides nothing more than a quick fix with no lasting benefits. We want to garden organically, not with chemicals, so what happens is that we—in spite of our good intentions to do things in the traditional organic gardening way—end up doing nothing. We somehow manage a viable level of watering, but soon the lack of feeding begins to show.
Plants, just like people, need proper nutrition and plenty of water to enjoy good health and a strong immune system. The lack of those necessities results in stress, for all living things. Stressed plants become more vulnerable to disease and insect infestation, and they don’t flower and produce like they could with better care. By June, our garden doesn’t look so great anymore. We feel a little sad and ashamed. By July, our plants are bedraggled and undersized, flowers have slowed their blooming, and disease has taken hold. The same thing that happened the year before has happened again.
Can you relate to this situation? Have you ever felt this way? If so, you are not alone. Without adequate knowledge, we can set ourselves up to fail instead of taking advantage of available methods to help us reach our goals. Don’t let that happen in your garden. Success is now easier than you think, in spite of our human nature.