I received an email in mid-May from a young woman in North Carolina who had just ordered and received my book on Organic Gardening. She started her first garden this year and wants it to be organic.
She wrote: “—my Mom keeps telling me it will be eaten up with critters, since I want it to be organic. So I look forward to learning a lot from your book, and proving her wrong.”
I’ve thought about her everyday since and all the other folks who have written to me over the years with basically the same desire of looking forward to proving the skeptics of organic gardening in their life wrong.
Can She (They) Prove the Skeptics in Her (Their) Lives Wrong?
Indeed, by following the book‘s advice you can prove all the skeptics wrong.
I learned the 3 simple keys on my own through experience. But they’re not new. These principles were known thousands of years ago. The knowledge of them began to be suppressed when chemical companies came on the scene about 135 or so years ago.
In order to sell the chemicals, the companies needed reasons for people to buy them. Thus, they came up with plenty of lies that are now accepted as truth by most. One lie being that you can’t have crops organically without them being eaten up by pests.
It’s Not a Question of IF You Can Prove Them Wrong, It’s a Question of WHEN.
Instant gratification is promoted in every aspect of life in our society with total disregard for the fact that most things of greatness take time to accomplish.
So how long will it take YOU to prove the skeptics wrong??
There’s no way I can tell you because I don’t know your exact situation.
What It Will Depend On
A lot will depend on how good or bad your garden soil is right now.
Much will depend on why you garden and how much you believe in what you’re doing and how well you can withstand peer pressure.
My experience has been that it’s next to impossible to explain how well you’re doing (or will be doing) to a skeptic who sees one bug hole. That’ll usually set them off on lecture about how what you’re doing isn’t working.
The first year we gardened at this property (18 years ago), my snap beans (the first 3 plantings) were eaten up with bugs. I had a visitor who immediately pointed it out to me (like I hadn’t noticed) and announced that I would have to spray to get rid of them. I just ignored what they said, but I still didn’t like it. They had no idea what they were even talking about, but that doesn’t usually stop folks like that.
For the past 17 years, I’ve had few if any bugs on my snap beans. I wish I could say the same for squash bugs and potato beetles — although their numbers have greatly decreased over the years. Overall I don’t have that much problem with pests. BUT, I’m always checking so I can stay on top of things.
Want to Strengthen Your Resolve? Afraid you Might Fail or be Tempted to Give Up?
Over the years I’ve written numerous posts to help you, because I understand what you’re going through. I want you know you CAN succeed and that you’re not alone.
I’ve chosen a dozen posts out of the 600 posts I’ve written to help over the years and listed them below. I hope you will read them and find strength and encouragement that you need to continue your quest for a great organic garden.