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Garden Podcast Interview

June 16, 2017

Recently, Theresa Loe interviewed me about our experiences moving and changing our garden from the city to the country for her award-winning Living Homegrown garden podcast. And, boy did we have a good time chatting. Laughter is a good thing!

Bay view from the orchard in spring

Theresa and I discuss this view, our orchard & much more.

We couldn’t cover all the reasons we moved or all of the things we love about our new, unique property, but we did go deep on some diverse subjects like living gently on the planet near a protected estuary. We covered the challenges of getting chickens in a wildlife zone. And, we dug into the importance of topsoil and how to deal with not having much of it. We chatted about what we did to prepare to move our old garden, what we lost along the way, and what we’re learning from gardening in straw bale for the first time. Theresa and I had a great time discussing our beautiful new property that offers so many positive features, and we managed to laugh a lot at the many challenges we’ve faced in just barely a year living here.

As I prepared for our interview, I gave a lot of consideration to everything that’s transpired in our lives over the last year and our time preparing to make a move here. My biggest takeaway from this meditation and my talk with Theresa:

When something isn’t working,
be ready to punt and try something new.

I’ve always told others I believe that fail is the worst of the four-letter F-words. Really, I don’t believe in failure unless you completely give up and do nothing more. And who does that? Life is a journey that we travel on a winding path of discovery. We live; we learn. When something doesn’t turn out as you expected or hoped, life just becomes something different, takes a turn. That’s life! And sometimes what’s different and unexpected is actually better than what we’d set out to have happen in the first place!

Mom tending potatoes

Finding a place with room for my mom was important in our search for this place. She may be older, but you can’t keep this gal out of the garden!

With each newbie frustration I encounter here — and believe me there are a lot of them on this new property — I try to take a deep breath and live the lessons I teach my garden coaching clients:

Give yourself a break.

Never give up.

Work methodically.

Nature will do fine if you don’t try to tame it all.

Landscape fabric sucks.

Less lawn is good; more meadows are better.

Plants will die, but loss can be an opportunity.

Take the time to stop working and find joy in the small things — like a frog at your front door or seeing your elderly mother tending her potatoes or harvesting all of the three peas the bunnies and birds didn’t devour. Or just jump up and down in triumph when you finally finish digging a planting hole in rock-hard clay muddled with a quarry-worth of pebbles and boulders.

Have a listen and laugh with us!
-Robin

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