The idea to write about this came from discussions with a few reluctant gardeners.
- “The Black Thumb” – Some people fear they have somehow been cursed with a black thumb. They see it as a genetic trait, a voodoo curse or something more sinister marking them for life. After exhaustive research , I think we can safely say there is no such thing as a black thumb. At worst, it is simple a case of not yet having developed a “green thumb”. We all have failures, good seasons and bad.
- “Past Failure Does Not Guarantee Future Performance” – Everyone has tried to grow something at some time … and the plant died. You need to accept that plants DO die and that you will “kill plants”. It is part of learning. Each season will bring new knowledge, successes and failures. Hey, if the US government can bail out bad banks, I think you can cut yourself a break!
- “Not knowing where to start” – Some people get excited about starting a garden, spend lots of money buying seeds with those mouth-watering pictures on the packages, but soon get stuck not knowing where to turn next. Thanks to a new groundswell of interest in gardening (pun intended) that you’ll discover with excellent books, Web sites, Meetups, free Master Gardening help from county extension offices, you now have many resources at your disposal.
- “Overcoming inertia” – Call it procrastination or the concern that “I must be too late”. Some people who want to start don’t ever get over the inertia and end up in the autumn envious of other people’s garden- fresh veggies.
We’d like to hear your comments and reasons why YOU think people don’t join the ranks of others who grow their own food!