My time at plot #55 has provided me with countless learning experiences but my successes would have been far fewer had it not been for the support of the gardening community. This is the reason why I reached out to some of my fellow millennial gardeners and asked them to share their stories with all of you. I hope that you enjoyed reading their posts and that you’ve taken away some useful information. I have selected at least one key point made by each gardener and shared them below as a quick summary.
“…research what you want to grow. Ensuring correct conditions and meeting the needs of the plant is crucial…Join a community or talk with friends who are knowledgeable. ” – Dana
“ALWAYS make sure to thin your plants…I have areas where I have thinned out sprouts; the plants that I have left are happier and therefore produced better quality fruit. I have to remind myself to thin more often and that quality is better than quantity.” – Amee
“I learned after planting my corn that you only get one ear of corn per stalk (which I never knew). They say if you’re lucky that you may get two.” – Amee
“Change the things you can, honor the things you cannot.” – Andrew
“I don’t know if I would categorize it as a “failure” but…I think I got a little excited and crammed a little too much in the containers – might be a little over crowded!” – Emily
“Also, don’t forget to water.” – Emily
“Go for it! I had not a clue what I was doing, I was so overwhelmed by garden sections in stores and I felt like I needed to buy everything…I don’t think I’ve done much by ‘the book,’ but I’ve enjoyed learning about gardening and am much more prepared for next year. ” – Sarah
“If your plants are not thriving there is a very good chance that it is not a reflection of your gardening abilities but rather that the plant family and/or variety that you have chosen is not right for your current gardening situation. Whether it be climate, nutrients or pests; odds are that an alternative variety is better adapted to your gardening environment. Do your homework and find plants that suit your needs. There are pest resistant, drought resistant, container sized, sun loving and shade enduring varieties for most fruits, vegetables and flowers; seek them out and give them a try before you call it quits.” – @earthymrsrice
In the event that you still have unanswered questions please feel free to reach out in the comments below or via my contact page. If the internet has provided one thing, it is the ability to connect with those who share a common interest. I hope that we can exploit this and continue to help each other grow (pun definitely intended) from season to season. Many thanks to our 2019 features, we hope to hear from you again in 2020! Cheers, friends!