Judith, a fairly new reader emailed me in February and said, “I ran across your amazing web site and am interested in subscribing to TMG but would like to know what the fee is to subscribe, if any, before getting involved in the process.”
As you know, my way of gardening is very simple and easy. But in order for anyone to benefit from anything they have to first see the value in it. Judith, obviously did. And you did too; otherwise you wouldn’t still be with me.
From the emails and comments I’ve received over the years, many of you have benefited much from my experiences and consider what you have learned on this site as being “life changing”.
The fact that you stumbled onto TMG, saw the value (especially after possibly being steeped in the conventional), and started applying the truths that would change your life is amazing.
Why YOU’re Special
Just think about it for a minute. Working with nature as the way to success is probably never going to appeal to the majority of folks.
Some feel that the majority is always right. I’ve always found that in most cases the majority is always wrong.
Many stick to the conventional just to be “part of the crowd”. They find it too hard (mentally) to go against what the majority deems to be the “in” way.
Being different isn’t the easiest thing to do at times. So I totally understand.
A Happy Ending
On the other hand, if one is brave enough to look at the truth and go forward with it, the results can be wonderful.
In some cases, close friends and relatives might even recognize the great results you’re getting. Remember what Loretta said when she commented on the post I wrote about her garden?
“Everyone laughed and shook their heads in the beginning —– because they had never heard of the concept(s)…but I ignored them and I am so glad that I did. It was a lot of work in the beginning to make the garden but it was so worth it in the end. And now everyone is thinking about making their gardens like mine.”
This happy ending came about because Loretta’s relatives were close enough that they were able to see her success over the season. Even though they didn’t understand what she was doing, they saw the difference it made.
That’s not always the case. There will probably be more, who because they don’t understand (or care) what you’re trying to do, will make various comments that are not so complimentary.
One of the Most Memorable Comments About My Garden
I think I’ve mentioned the story about the farmer whose family has delivered my straw for more than 35 years. When delivering straw a few years back, he stood by my garden in the peak of fall harvest (peppers, tomatoes, lettuces, and a few other things) and said, “If you ever decide to have a vegetable garden, you’ll be ready to go.”
It pretty much left me speechless. So I said not a word.
Back in June or July, I had a lady come to pick up something. She asked to see my garden. I kept it low key. Took her to the gate and sorta said “Here it is.” (It’s not fun to show the garden to someone who doesn’t even know what they’re looking at.)
A month later she stopped to return something. Before she left, she asked, “Did you ever get your garden in shape?”
I couldn’t help but laugh. My reply to her was, “My garden was never out of shape.”
It was obvious that she had had no idea what she was looking at. I guess all that clover in paths and various cover crops growing with tomatoes, peppers and everything else looked like weeds to her.
A Real Doozy
That’s when they stand in front of my garden and/or borders and look at something I’m doing and tell me it can’t be done.
That happened a few weeks ago and I didn’t bother to point out to that person that I’d being doing it at this location for almost 18 years.
Exciting In Spite of It All
In spite of all the “funny” comments you might get from non-gardeners or conventional gardeners, gardens are exciting. And the more you learn to work with nature the more exciting they are.
And what’s really fun is when you find a friend who knows what they’re looking at.
Lifting a bit of the clover in a path and seeing all those earthworms is thrilling only to two gardeners who know that means things are getting good down in that soil.
I hope this post made you laugh and at the same time made you know how special you are.
I enjoy writing for you and am always glad when I can help you re-think things and/or help your garden to be even more successful.
Sharing what happens in the garden with friends is so much fun. So, if you have some stories to share, and I feel sure you do, I hope you’ll leave them in a comment after the post. We’d all love to hear them.
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