After Thanksgiving is a great time to look back over the growing season at what went well, what didn't, and make plans for next growing season. Garden problems can be tough to figure out, but here's a simple mental process that has helped me:


  • Whether successful or not, ask why your garden succeeded for failed. If you have a clear understanding of why, it's much easier to find solutions. Research and empirical data can provide understanding and eliminates guess work.
  • Seek advice from someone who has the experience, knowledge and/or success that you want. Connect with local gardeners, master gardeners and extension agents. This will go a long way toward helping you understand what works well in your area and climate.


  • What solutions exist? Once you understand why your garden problems exists, then it important to focus on finding solutions. Again empirical data and trusted advice go a long way.
  • In life problems are often multifaceted, so you it may take a combination of solutions to address your garden problems.
  • Even if your garden was successful, what can you do to make it better? The same thing applies.



  • How will you implement these solutions? I know a preacherman who often talks about rubber meeting the road. Sooner or later you have to get out there and do. Multifaceted problems with multifaceted solutions can take time, energy and brain power to implement.
  • Keep in mind that things often take longer to execute than you originally planned. Patience. Pace yourself. You'll get it done.


Grow'em big


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