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7. Break the Rules
Learning about gardening and greenhouses can seem overwhelming for the novice gardener. If you want to break out of the mold and get creative you will have to accept failures and success with an open mind. You will need to realize that your flowers and your plants will not be reading books, studying the weather or even learning as they grow – they just grow. Only you can control what goes grows in your garden and with a little learning you can make your dream garden a reality. How you can learn to accept failures and success in your garden while learning about plants at the same time?
The first step in achieving your dream garden is breaking out of your old gardening thoughts and aiming for new thoughts and ideas in colors, arrangements and how plants grow. For example, if you may have been told never to plant the same vegetable in the same area two years in a row, but this is not something that you have to live steadfast by. When you are adding nutrients and other goodies to your outside garden, you can plant what you want and when you want in that area. The reason for rotating crops is because certain plants use specific nutrients and can render the soil useless when you are not careful. Break out of the mold, if you like your herbs in a special spot every year you can do this by learning more about the nutrients these herbs and vegetables need.
Accepting failure is not an easy thing for any gardener to do, but sometimes you need to accept that a pest, or a disease is just too far-gone to fight. This doesn’t mean that you have to ‘give up’ your favorite or most desired plant or bush or even tree in your garden, this simply means that you need to get a fresh start on this project. If your plant, tree or bush is fighting a pest or disease that is getting the best of it, you can cut it back and quit worrying – just start fresh and the results will be so much better!
When the major point of your garden has gone wrong, it is difficult to accept, but there is a good side to everything that has gone bad. Accept that the tree that was the center of your garden just wasn’t strong enough to survive the soil that you have, and move on by planting a new tree in a ‘new’ center of your garden. When a centerpiece should die, you should see this as an opportunity for change in your dream garden. If we were all to succeed in gardening all of the time, there would be no challenge and no ‘fun’ left in gardening.
The whole moral to this story is that even when something might seem like it is going wrong in your garden or with your plants, this is a great opportunity for change in your garden!
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