Thursday, July 22, 2010

my garden is dead

It turns out my garden plot is one of the “new” plots the park district created for this growing season. The soil wasn’t great to start with, but the bigger problem is that it’s on the low side.

We had torrential rain this spring, and my plot was completely underwater for about six weeks.

My gardening neighbor was able to get a new plot in the center. The rest of us just watched our gardens rot.

When things finally dried out, I could have replanted. But, to be honest, I didn’t have the heart.

So. Much. Work. Down. The. Tubes.

It just makes me sick.

But the alternative—investing more resources into something that isn’t healthy to begin with—isn’t good either.Sometimes we just have to cut our losses and move on. Is it painful? Yes. But this is life too.

Sometimes we work really hard and our garden dies.


Alisha said...

Yep, that's so true. Seth Godin says that one of the traits of an extremely successful person is that they know when to quit. Sometimes it's better to just cut your losses than continuing to expend energy doing something that drains you emotionally/mentally or will be futile.

Megan said...

Yeah, I agree with Alisha. plus just try to pursue the thing you like the most.

Pamela said...

You are definitely right, when you think this will hurt you and why still continue? to continue feel more pain? So it is better to cut your losses and move on.

Anonymous said...

Keowdie said...

Two years ago, I pulled out two small raised veggie beds & we put in a huge garden in their place. We ordered top soil from the local nursery, but what we got was unsterilized local fill dirt.

My garden is on its second year of red clay that really only grows the stuff they use to make hay. The ground is so hard when its dry that you can knock on it.

Although I haven't given up just yet, I completely understand the frustration of watching your garden (and your dreams of a bountiful harvest) die before your eyes.

ChosenRebel said...

I have compost you can have for free.