Why? - Because I can’t
I have never had any luck to growing vegetables and as a rule I like to swim upstream. Nothing motivates me more than “Can’t” or “Cannot”
Over the years we have manage to create and grow our own Amazon jungle around the house but growing vegetables has always eluded me.
After careful consideration and pondering I have found the two main reasons why I always suck at vegetable gardening;
· Time management - Not planning my day correctly. Vegetable plants needs lots of loving and tendering. As you know one cannot make more time but one can manage oneself to create more time availability. I have come up with this idea as to have Vegetable Meditations - hu! I hear you say? Yes! Every day I like to spend time with God in Gratitude, so if I do this while working in the vegetable garden it would be “Vegetable Meditation” Time Problem solved!
· Water – Vegetable don’t like to be water irregularly and this is also one of the reason why I haven’t been successful with producing vegetable. When one work and serve people, the workflow can sometimes be overwhelming (I am not complaining). Some projects can keep you busy for weeks and by the time I come up for air again most of the plants has perished due to water starvation.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. – Albert Einstein
In a previous post I told you about the PVC pipes that I have laid down beneath my lawn to take greywater to all the new Palm trees that I have planted. Port Elizabeth is actually a Karoo town (very dry and semi desert like) and where we live its only sand, no solid soil. Whenever you want to plant something you must buy good soil and feeds. Fortunately growing up in a very dry region (Free state) I knew the only way to feed plants water economically, is to do it beneath the ground.
So after some deep thinking (5 minutes) I have come up with the following strategy;
· To make a dedicated area for the vegetable garden
· Keep the vegetable project small and cheap – doesn’t make sense to spend a R1000 to produce R10 worth of veggies
· Raised garden bed – having dog around that mark everything this is a must
· To use Rain water – our water here in Port Elizabeth are not very good, it’s ok to keep plants alive but to make them grow you need rainwater
· Build a rain water reseva closer to the garden
· Build a watering system that will feed plants automatically. I get overwhelmed with projects again the plants starve.
· The most important factor is that this must be done as cheap as possible and where possible to use recycle materials
In a next post I will tell you about the shock and eye openers I got.
For now I must go out and get my hands dirty