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雷切尔杜普雷
9月28日,2018

As I wrote early this year,I knew我最大的挑战之一作为一个新的农夫和一个新母亲,她会想办法带着一个小东西进入花园。为了不被这种前景所压倒,I gave myself three major goals:

  1. 我自己能吃西红柿吗?
  2. Grow my own medicinal herbs.
  3. 寻求除草帮助。

我可以veryhumbly report that I succeeded in accomplishing exactlyzero这些目标。My tomatoes were not bountiful enough to can.Few of the herb seeds I started germinated,而那些发芽的在移植后死亡。And I never laid mulch to block weeds—I don't even have an excuse for that one;只是没有发生。

虽然我很想把自己看作今年花园里的一个彻底失败,I will say that I've learned quite a lot—if not about the gardening process,然后是关于我自己。承认我的缺点并不总是容易的。In fact,我觉得非常痛苦。但如果我想改进这项农业,I have to reflect on what didn't go as planned and then tweak the process to work in my favor in the coming years.

So here are my lessons learned.我相信我会得到很多回合的”告诉你啊!“and"去过那里,done that!“from those with more experience,but bear with me.This learning curve is sharp,我在拐弯处慢慢地走着。


1。I Don't Love Growing Vegetables

真的。我花了很长时间才意识到这一点。今年我了解到,我不能像本地区的农场主那样种植农产品,至少不能用目前养家糊口的时间和资源。When I lived in town and had a small raised-bed garden,growing my own vegetables was a novelty to supplement my farmers-market purchases.出于某种原因,I believed that moving to the country included the need to grow a significant portion of my food myself.First,这不是真的,第二,I just don't enjoy it that much.的蔬菜,越少越快乐。

我爱什么,然而,is growing herbs that I use to make homemade teas,药膏,tinctures and more.These are things I can't buy from others in my community,因此,这似乎是我的一个更值得投资的时间。Plus,我只是更喜欢草药,它们更宽容,它们更漂亮,and they're great for the bees.我将来要种蔬菜吗?可能。I might even attempt a large kitchen garden again once I'm not carrying a little one on my back.For the near future,though,我宁愿把时间集中在草药上。

2.Smaller Is Better

I know,我知道。The No.1 mantra for beginning farmers is"从小做起。”我愚蠢地认为,因为我在城市里做得很小,当我有更多的土地时,我可以变得更大。That's just not so.For one,this is a new piece of land we're working with,所以我们有很多东西要学。了解一个新地方的过程需要时间。我们应该小心谨慎地了解它,不是一下子就好。第二,抚养孩子需要很多时间。The garden is no longer my baby—my baby is my baby—and I don't have the attention to give to a large,贫困的花园。Next year,we'll scale it back a bit.

三。越近越好

One of my favorite things about our property?它以前是由市场园丁所有的,so it came with an amazing irrigation setup.一个太阳能井泵把水推进山顶上的一个大水池,然后地心引力就传到花园里。问题是什么?It's 1/4 mile from the house.当我想花园的时候,我得把我所有的工具收集起来,load up my baby and make my way down to the garden.With the garden so far away from the house,从车到泥房门都没有杂草,or watering plants while the baby naps or harvesting basil when in the middle of cooking dinner.当我参观花园时,我需要在那里花大量的时间。这对小家伙可不太合适。她通常会在吃饭、打个盹或是依偎之前呆上20分钟。(这本书几乎所有的东西都是依偎在一起的。)尽管我很痛苦,但我没有使用我们拥有的真正酷的资源,在接下来的几年里,I need to do my gardening closer to the house.

4。用容器不是欺骗

我对自己施加了很大的压力,要把“花园右“因为现在我们在这个国家有了自己的位置。我们不必再为露台花园和高高的床操心了,我们有土地!Humph!I can now look back at this attitude and understand how completely naive I was.

土壤需要堆积起来。

Weeds need to be dealt with.

Deer need to be fenced out.

All of these things require time and tools.Yes,我们可以开始研究它们,积累我们的装备,but it might be a little while until we've fully arrived.Right now,当我的臀部有一个小东西时,我得承认在容器里种东西不是欺骗。(我叫他们“我的”pet plants.")这样做将有助于我保持我的绿色拇指的形状,直到我可以做得更多。

5。It's Not Cheating to Let Someone Else Start My Seeds

One of the biggest bummers this year was losing a good portion of the seeds I started.I don't know whether my seed-starting soil was bad or I didn't give the baby plants the attention they needed.不管是什么原因,这对我的自尊心是一个巨大的打击。我会继续磨练这项技能,明年我不会把所有的种子都放在一个篮子里,本身。Maybe I'll buy some starts or ask a more experienced friend to start some seeds for me.

I learned a lot this year with not much to show for it.有希望地,in the coming years,这些艰苦的教训会有回报的。


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