How to stop overthinking and start growing your own food
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You really want to start growing your own food but every time you plan to start your mind starts going and you change your plan for the millionth time. Here are 5 ways to stop you overthinking and help you get started with growing fruit and veg.
Easier said than done right? Because you keep thinking, ‘but what if it goes wrong and I kill everything’?
Well what if it does? Nobody dies.
You’ve wasted a bit of money on seeds and compost or on a few plants and your pride is a bit dented- THATS IT! I know it can be scary to just go for something, but the trick with gardening is to just get started.
I had a 1 to 1 call with a client last night and now she’s got going she can’t stop!
This can be you too, but you’ve just got to muster all your bold and take that first step. Write down all the things that are holding you back.
If it's knowledge, find someone who can help you learn. Often we tell ourselves it's because we don’t know what we are doing when actually it’s because we are scared to fail. But I'm here to tell you, it's ok to fail, despite what society may tell you. In fact with gardening it's compulsory.
Get to know your garden
The one mistake that those new to gardening make most often is not knowing what they’re working with.
Answer these questions for each area you want to grow in BEFORE you plant anything:
☀️ How many hours of sun does it get each day?
🟤 What is your soil like? E.g. sandy, clay
💦 Is your soil well draining or does it hold water?
Once you are armed with this information you can ensure you plant things that like sun in the sunniest areas of your garden, and save the plants that will tolerate shade for the shadier parts.
Your plants will be so much happier once you match them with their sunlight levels and soil type.
Most plants grown for food prefer full sun, but there are a number of leafy plants that will thank you for a bit of shade. Beetroot, lettuce, broccoli, leeks, parsnips are all happy in light shade.
Lower your expectations
We’ve all peeked over the fence at our older neighbours' veggie patch and told ourselves that ours will be just as bountiful in our first season of growing.
When in reality it's taken her years of learning what works and doesn't work in her garden, when to plant her garlic and when its ready to harvest, how many tomato plants she needs in order to have plenty of tomatoes all summer long.
Then when you try and you don’t get the same results you’re disappointed and you tell yourself it must be you that's doing it wrong.
First of all let me say, your neighbour still has crops that don’t grow. Plants that worked really well last year but haven't produced this year.
It's important to remember that you can’t control mother nature. Just when you thought you’d got it sorted, she throws a curve ball at you.
So keep your expectations realistic. If you’re brand new to growing your own food you can’t expect to have the same results as someone who has been learning to garden for 30 years.
Become part of a supportive community
These are the people that pick you up when you’re feeling down because the slugs have munched your lettuce FOR THE THIRD TIME or the mice have nibbled your freshly sown pea seeds.
You’ll get inspiration and tips from what others are growing and it will encourage you to try growing new things and be braver with your choices.
Being part of a community also helps decrease feelings of loneliness. Whether the community is online or offline. It helps you to find like minded people who are interested in the same things as you and to forge strong friendships over your shared new skill.
They will celebrate your first delicious harvest alongside you and you will do the same for them no matter how far away they live (the wonder of the internet hey!).
My Mind in Bloom box community are starting to see their first harvests coming through now and it's a delight to see them all supporting each other.
Learn from someone with more experience
If you’ve followed step 1 and discovered that one of the things stopping you from growing your way to a calm mind and a plentiful veg patch is knowledge, then you need to hire a gardening coach.
A good gardening coach will work 1 to 1 with you on your specific garden to help you:
🌱 Decide what to grow
🌱 Decide where to grow it
🌱 Teach you how to plant and grow your chosen plants
🌱 How to care for your plants going forward.
🌱 Gain confidence in your gardening skills
A garden coach is different from a garden designer in that they collaborate with you to create a garden that will work for you and teach you how to care for the plants in it along the way.
A mindful gardening coach (pretty sure i’m the only one out there teaching you to garden for your mind) is a gardening coach that does all the above. And helps you introduce mindfulness into your gardening as a way to help you switch off.
If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you and your garden 1 to 1 as your mindful gardening coach then you can book a free 15 minute call with me here.