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I have to admit that when I wrote my article “A Fresh New Approach” back in November, I had all kinds of hopes and expectations to have a thriving garden, or at least the beginnings of one by this time.

Well some things did not turn out as hoped.

I tried planting an assortment of seeds outside in my little garden shed.

I planted a few vegetables, a few herbs and some pollinator friendly flowers.

I used a good soil base, FoxFarm is one of my favorites, added some of our compost and a little vermiculite to lighten it all up.

After three weeks of waiting….absolutely nothing.


So my wonderful husband, Frank, also a gardener, tried his hand at it by planting some lettuce seeds for me indoors, in a covered planter, and then placed it in a bedroom closet with no light.

Well we had lots and lots of lettuce plants come up, the only problem is that Frank put way too many seeds together in one hole and I had a heck of a time separating them to plant in pots.

You see lettuces don’t like their roots messed with. So you want to transplant as little as possible or not at all.

I lost most of the little guys, but was able to salvage a few.

To date they are still pretty small.

Off To My Favorite Nursery

Since my seed planting was not getting anywhere, I decided to go to my favorite local nursery, which is in fact a good 45 minutes away upcountry in Kula.

I bought kale, spinach, lettuce plants, a celery plant and even a baby watermelon.

With all my plants in tow and a big smile on my face, I set out to start my garden….again.

I placed the little plants in locations I thought they would like. Gave them a few days to acclimate, then I put them in the ground.

I don’t know what happened but it seemed like overnight I lost almost all my lettuces, and to date the spinach and kale still look a little sketchy.

My watermelon died before I could transplant it.

Surprisingly, the celery is doing amazing!!!

Still, by the end of last year, I was having my doubts about all my big plans and dreams, the plants just seemed to not want to cooperate with me.

Change of Attitude

I’m not one to easily give in when obstacles present themselves, especially when it comes to something I really want.

And I really want a garden, and not just any garden, but a garden that is thriving and producing food I can harvest on a daily basis.

I want to be able to go out into my garden and pick what I need for my morning juice and smoothie. I want to go out to my garden and pick the herbs I need for drying or for dinner.

I want to grow my meals and share my experiences with others, like you.

So I mustered up some determination and went back out to the garden shed to try starting plants from seeds, yet again.  :)

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Day In The Garden

Gardening Highs and Lows

On December 29, I went out to where I believe miracles happen, life starts from a single seed, my garden shed, and just stood there for a few minutes taking it all in.

I had my box of seed packets, my bags of dirt and vermiculite, and I had my compost sitting in a bucket on the side ready for mixing.

I took in the site of the egg cartons for planting, egg shells for composting, organic fertilizer, pots, tools, and gloves; all a little dirty and a little cluttered.

I listened to the wind blowing through the screened windows and doors and the sounds of the birds chirping in our nearby ficus tree.

I breathed in the cool, fresh air of our Maui winter….yes, we do have a winter… :) and realized just how much I really loved doing this, gardening.

I said a little prayer and a blessing on this activity I was undertaking. I would not give up my dream and I would start each planting with love in my heart and a desire to grow.

And then I began.

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Photo by Lady Austin

I planted sage, lettuces (again), monarda, sunflower, moonflowers, green beans, nasturtiums and nigella (pictured above).

I talked to the little seeds (yes, I talk to my plants, too!) and encouraged them to do their best.

I planted each to their proper depth in the soil, sprayed them with a little water, covered them, and let them go.

By the first week of January, every lettuce seedling had come up and I have since transplanted them into small pots and placed them outside to get some sun.

The nasturtiums are doing fantastic and I transplanted them today into planters and pots.

I had one moonflower come up and one sunflower. I’m waiting for them to get a little more height on them before transplanting.

I lost the sage and nigella plants to a bad wind storm we had that knocked them off the shelf they were sitting on.

The sage I found right away, though nothing had started.

The nigella on the other hand I found later upside down on the floor. I had completely forgotten about them.

When I opened the egg carton they were in, I found that three had started, but I was unable to salvage them. :(

But they had started, and that is all that mattered. I would try again.

This was for me a very successful start to the New Year. Yay!

What I Did Today

Today I:
fertilized all my lettuces, (our favorite fertilizers are these)
transplanted some lavender I had started from seed a long time ago (after numerous failures)
cleaned up the sweet potato patch and planted some vines so they could root
fertilized all the other transplanted plants, and
started some new seeds, lemon cucumber, Siberian kale, chantenay carrots, and orach spinach.

What fun!! And it felt so good to be outdoors in the sun and dirt.

I must admit I love gardening, with all its high and lows and temperamental seedlings. LOL!

If you haven’t tried gardening, I highly recommend it. And don’t let the size of your yard, or lack of it, deter you from getting your hands dirty.

Check out these great resources for garden planning and container gardening for small spaces.

  1. Mother Earth News
  2. Gardeners
  3. Garden Plan Pro
  4. Organic Gardening

And have some fun in the sun!

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Budget Minded OrganicsWith the onset of a new year, I’ve had an opportunity to rethink my goals and my own personal priorities for 2015.  I’m sure you have, too.

When I took down my goals for last year to replace them with new goals for this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished nearly as much as I had hoped to accomplish in 2014.

How disappointing.  (heavy sigh)

Oddly enough, when I re-read my goals for 2014, my first thoughts were, “Oh these are pretty much the same goals I want for this year.  I don’t need to reprint them, just change the date.”

Yet, I kept having this fatalistic, repeat the same pattern expecting different results, kind of crazy feeling.

Then I listened to a “Dream Builder” video by Mary Morrissey about goal setting and why most of us don’t meet our goals or keep our New Year’s resolutions.

The three distractions that keep us from accomplishing our goals include:

  • Dissuasion
  • Delay, and
  • Fear

Dissuasion is when we talk ourselves out of doing what we really want to do.

I am notorious for doing this very thing.  I am a writer.  I write for my blog and eventually I want to write my own book series.  I know I want to sit and write, but then I’ll talk myself out of it saying, “I don’t know what to say,” or “I have nothing to write that someone would want to read,” or some other self-defeating remark.

Next thing I know, the day is gone and I haven’t written a word.

Delay is similar to dissuasion in that we find other things to distract us from what we really want to be doing. 

I sit down to write, then I’ll start thinking of other things to do that I convince myself are more important at the moment, or that the task will “only take a moment”.

And again, I’ll end up with nothing written by the end of the day.

The last distraction is FEAR.  And to be honest, fear is the basis of all the other distractions.  What am I afraid of?

  • Afraid of failure?
  • Afraid of what others will think?
  • Is it worth it?
  • Am I capable of really doing this?

Some of these fears can be paralyzing.

What are you afraid of?

Finding Answers and Getting Results

Mary Morrissey goes on to say that goal setting requires making very specific goals with very specific intentions.

Instead of writing the goal, “I want to lose weight,” say instead, “I am setting the goal of a healthy lifestyle by doing the following:

  • Maintain a vegan diet and increase raw food intake by 75%
  • Exercise each day,
    - ½ hour yoga or tai chi three times a week
    - ½ hour swim three times a week
    - walk ½ hour four days a week
    - ½ hour strength building

Along with writing very specific goals, it’s important to post those goals in a space where you can read them every day.

Another winning action is daily journaling and keeping a day planner or some sort of scheduling system that works for you.

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Journaling helps me so much in setting the tone for my day.

In Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” she shares the importance of Morning Pages, three pages of “consciousness” writing where you can get all the negative stuff out of your head, the stuff that holds you back from your dreams and actively transform those thoughts into thoughts of challenge, support, motivation and self-confidence.

Keeping a day planner helps to keep your goals on track each day.

A sample for me would be:

  • 6-8 am TCOM (take care of me) Time
    - Oil Pulling
    - Morning pages/journaling, three pages
    - Buddhist chanting practice
    - Meditation
    - Morning exercise strength building
    - Breakfast
  • 8-10 am article writing
  • 10-11 am Swim & stretch
  • 11-1 pm Gardening & photography
  • 1 pm lunch
  • 2 pm photography download and touch-up
  • Etc…….

Steven Pressfield, author of “The War of Art” says that each day is a “battle” to actually sit down and write.  Every author goes through this same “battle of the distractions” when it’s time to set pen to paper.

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” – Steven Pressfield

Most of what we are battling against is those distractions in our head.

Yet, there are many writers out there, successful writers, who do put pen to paper, write their blog posts, their poems and their stories.

To me it’s all about facing the fears for what they are, a bunch of hooey and taking action.

You see my dreams and goals are:

  • To build a thriving garden that I can actually live off of, make meals from, juice, create salads and other healthful dishes that I can share with others on BMO.
  • To develop my photography skills for use on the website.
  • And to write articles and stories that will help others create a more balanced, harmonious and loving lifestyle that will benefit their lives and the lives of those around them.

But what about those fears?

  • Fear of Failure? If I fail, I will simply try again.
  • Fear of what others will think? There is absolutely nothing I can do about what others think and feel.  This is my dream, these are my goals, I  will not let another influence my dreams.
  • Is it worth it? Yes, it is worth it.  This is my dream.
  • Am I capable? Yes, I am more than capable, and if I don’t know, I will learn.

It’s easy to get distracted, to delay, procrastinate, turn on the TV or play the video games, but honestly, I don’t want to be in the same place next year that I am now.

I don’t want to remove my goals for 2015 and discover, once again, that I haven’t accomplished anything close to what I wanted.

So, I will take action.  First by re-writing my goals with a very focused intention and detailed specifics.

Remember not to over-extend yourself, goals are to be set in ways that are achievable and not daunting.

Creating a Successful 2015

I’ve recently listened to another great video by Eben Pagan called, “Wake Up Productive“.  This is a must see if you really want to put your priorities in order for each day potentially doubling your productivity.

It was very inspiring, giving me tools to use right now for setting goals for my day as well as helping me focus on those things most important to accomplishing my dreams.

The video is only 20 minutes, and it is time well spent.  All of this is free.

Many blessings to all of you and may all your dreams come true.  :)

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