How vegetables are teaching me patience
Last Update: Nov 27, 2022
In Gozo we get 300 days out of 360 days of sun, so when it's like today its quite a different place. We have gale force winds, rain and a touch of hail in places.(Image from a better day in Gozo)
The vegetables have being growing well outside from the seasons start in September when we plant our seeds and build up trellis for winter and spring vegetables.
This is our first year in this home, we chose it for the small "yarden" which seemed sheltered and good for our vegetables grown in fabric pots in re-used pallet bases.
And then the weather closed in. In just two days cucumbers rising to 5 feet high with their first fruits showing are now just withered sticks, bare and stripped of any hope.
Zucchini plants which had been outgrowing their pots are now just shredded and left like tattered rags in the wind.
But the beans may have survived, not quite tall enough to be really battered, but when I last dared to look, they were perhaps a little more sheltered. I have not been out today, preferring not to look.
I took it badly of course at first. All that loss, all that hard work "gone to waste".
On reflection, I underestimated the northern winds here, but I never need to make that same mistake again. In recognizing my error, I have a design for plastic wind sheltering I can use next year. I am looking forward to replanting again in February, and we try for a spring crop. I have learned a painful lesson.
But I have learned.
I think this is much the same as affiliate marketing and online business in general.
We try. Somethings work. Somethings don't. So we learn, trying to do more of what works. We may look for shortcuts, sometimes we find them, but mostly we don't.
But we put the effort in, we trust the process, we keep going.
I know when I go out again in the garden, there will be a surprise survivor, one that I had probably already written off. It will be a plant with resilience, one that won't be taken by nature - yet.
So I learn patience, not with nature, weather or vegetables. But with me. My humanity. I remember that my arrogance in ignoring the possibility of our weather turning nasty has been painfully accepted and a lesson has been learned. I obviously needed it, so life gives me the lessons I need, and repeats them until I learn.
In the meantime, I have a new template that looks better, I have Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages all set up, I reviewed keywords and narrowed my niche down, wrote a keyword article and reviewed a product on Amazon.
A productive Sunday. Best wishes to you all.
Well said, Phil! We learn from our mistakes, but we never truly know until we try!
I had to look up Gozo the islands of the Mediterranean sea near the country of Malta. I read somewhere that they were working on a tunnel rather than a bridge to connect the island to the mainland. Has that been accomplished?
I understand the challenges of growing crops on that island due to the sea weather. You are correct, maybe a different location where the winds are less fierce so they can grow and thrive.
You gave us an interesting comparison analogy with cultivating, soil, seed, nurturing, growth, and thriving of vegetables that require a lot of time and patience like our WA business.
Have a productive week.
Hey Brenda, thanks. The tunnel hasnt started yet, and hopefully it wont happen unles its a metro connecting both islands.
We keep planting or blogs 😁
A good analogy, Phil!
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Hey Phil, sorry for your loss, but glad for your learning. And thank you Brenda for sharing "where in the world is..." Gozo. I didn't know either.
Hey thanks, yes a little Island in the group of 3 islands called Malta!