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A positive approach to garden failures

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Fall regrets can create beautiful summer gardens Even those with the greenest thumbs have failures in the garden. Once the leaves fall, many gardeners have regrets. Maybe they could have been more attentive. Maybe they missed some obvious issues. Maybe they neglected their duties in lieu of summer fun. Instead of sitting around feeling inadequate, why not take those mistakes and turn them into next year's success stories?

A personal take:

A couple years back, toward the end of gardening season, I suffered a severe attack of what I thought was rheumatoid arthritis. It was actually Rheumatoid combined with Lupus, a double whammy. I was simply incapable of doing anything in the garden or around the house. As I watched my formerly well tended garden go to pieces, I made a vow to myself. These health issues will not stop me from my favorite hobby again. I vowed to use this fall and winter to get myself healthy and get some treatment options in place. This year's failure means next year's garden is going to be spectacular!

Your fall gardening regrets may not be that serious.

Maybe you kept forgetting to water. A positive approach would be to set up a drip watering system. No matter what your gardening woes entail, you can find a solution to remedy most of them. Why not concentrate on the solution, rather than the problem? It works in other facets of your life. It can work in the garden as well. Failure is simply a call to action. Use it!

What if you simply can't find a solution?

We are not perfect beings, are we? Rather than concentrating on your limitations, why not concentrate on your strengths? We all have a talent for growing something very well. Why not find out what that something is and concentrate on that next year? Not everything in your garden will thrive. Be happy for the things that do.

Make a list of your regrets.

When planning next year's garden, go over that list. Decide which items you want to improve on. Include those in your planning. Is it really all that important that your garden include those things that refuse to grow for you? If not, scratch them off the list. On the other hand, if you still want to include them, do some research. Maybe you missed an important factor.

Taking action is always better than sulking.

Why are you wasting all that good energy crying over your failed garden? There's always next year. Fall and winter give you an excellent opportunity to educate yourself, make changes and plan for better things to come. In fact, that's what the change of seasons is all about. So stop worrying and take action. You'll be better off and so will your garden.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.

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