Frank McKinney Hubbard once said, “In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.” So when you hear that edible gardens may be the rage, make sure you understand one thing – growing your own vegetables and fruits require hard work plus an investment of time. Growing edibles is not just a buzz word; it’s a lifestyle. A bountiful garden is not a ‘set it and forget it’; it’s a commitment. Ask any family farm owner. It doesn’t take acres; it takes effort, passion and lots of hard work.
Hubbard was spot-on when he made this off-handed remark - that in order to prosper in anything worthwhile, one must do more than talk about it but live it. Timing, hard work and investment are ultimately the key to every success story, including your garden. You can live off your garden but are you willing to do what is necessary (live in it) to get the dividends?
Most garden because they love the outdoors; it is therapeutic and healthy. If you look at it in Hubbard’s way, it appears to be a death-sentence or an insurmountable task. If you start off slow and keep the glimmer of enthusiasm, it is amazing what you can accomplish and grow. It’s all based on attitude. It’s just one small project at a time. Keep the balance. Make it a labor of love, not a ball and chain. Tomorrow I’m writing about a flower. It’s a lot easier. Have a great day.
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