With all the modern technology and knowledge the gardener that builds their garden directly into the earth using new methods still encounters all the risks our forefathers did in many ways. We have it a little easier than they did but there is one factor each generation deals with and that is unpredictable Mother Nature.
The spring in the Kansas City area for 2011 started showed promise as Mother Nature provided the right amount to sunshine and rain which facilitated the initial growth of the seed to a healthy plant. As summer approached the heat and drought quickly changed took a toll in many central and southern states making the harvest more of a challenge.
Reaping a bountiful harvest required a lot more care by the gardener. Speaking with a variety of local individual gardener’s in our area the responses were alike. The general consensus from all the vegetable gardeners asked was “it was not the best year for gardening in 2011 but so far 2012 is off to a good start.”
Do not give up if you had one difficult year as there will be seasons where Mother Nature will help you reap more than plenty. The challenge against the elements helps us grow more than plants but gain knowledge for future challenges. Meet all challenges as our forefathers did and perservere. The benefits are mentally, physically and spiritually worth all the effort.