Edit to Add: I don’t think the person who mentioned my failures was being critical . . I think she was just saying that from what I show, all my knitting seemed good. She wasn’t being mean but it did cause me to stop and think about whether I withhold the “bad” but I think except for a few “often but sometimes not” friendly family type disagreements, I pretty much share it all here . . the good and the bad.
The other day, in a comment, someone said something about the possibility that I don’t show my failures. I think it was related to knitting. I’ve pondered that comment. I’m not even sure I really grasp the meaning of failure. Seriously! I asked Vince . . what does failure really mean? His definition . . when you don’t give something your best shot. So, I’ve been thinking . . there have been times in my life when I’ve failed. I don’t dwell on those things. Maybe some folks would see more failures in my life than I see.
My biggest “not so successful” story right now is . . my garden! I always show pictures of the beautiful green garden but this year, it has been a struggle. The grasshoppers ate all 200+ onions down to the ground. I’m still getting the bottoms . . I dig them as needed but I would have had a much better crop if the grasshoppers had left them alone. The grasshoppers moved in way too early and ate the strawberries. Worst of all . . the peas! Even the grasshoppers are discerning enough that they won’t touch these sick peas.
See how yellow they are? They have rust which is a fungus. I’ve fought it and fought it and if they aren’t a whole lot better by next weekend, I’m going to pull them up and give up. I think I got bad seeds.
These are peas in another area of the garden, planted at the same time . . same type peas but the seeds were from Baker Creek instead of a local supplier.
Losing those four rows of peas is going to mean none to be canned or frozen this year. That hurts! Even if the sick peas do make it, they’re not going to produce much. I may be able to get in a fall crop . . if I could just control the grasshoppers! With the garden enlargement project, and not wanting to plant peas where these sick peas are, I’ll probably skip the fall planting and wait til next spring.
The tomatoes are doing great. The peppers are all doing good. It’s been several years since I’ve had a good pepper crop but I’m real pleased with them this year. I think the eggplants are going to produce enough that we’ll be able to have plenty to dehydrate. The squash . . oh, my! I almost dread looking under those plants to see how much squash is under there. I’ve never made so much squash. The okra . . it doesn’t seem to be doing as great as it should but okra produces so well that I still may end up with plenty. The potatoes are out. I still have some to dehydrate but they’re all dug up. I’m real happy with the amount of potatoes we got. The cucumbers are blooming .. I’ve never ever had a great cucumber crop, which is probably good since I am not a great pickle maker.
I’m really disappointed in the peas. We love purple hull peas and not getting any from four rows of peas is sad. There’s always next year . . and maybe a fall crop. That’s the way it is with gardening, though . . no guarantees.
Back to . . what’s a failure. If I wanted to grow peas but for whatever reason, I never tried . . that would be a failure. Planting the seeds, doing everything I can do to produce a crop and having the crop fail, I don’t consider that a personal failure but just one of those things that happens . . maybe to remind me that I’m not really the one in control of the garden . . that I can use the various things God has provided or made available but ultimately, there’s a higher power and, for whatever reason, these four rows of peas were not meant to be this year. I accept it and move in and hope and pray that it won’t happen again but know .. it very well may.
I am thankful for what I do have in the garden and I am thankful for the reminder that no matter how much work *I* do, it isn’t always up to me!