That's when it occurred to me that gardening is a practice for both my neighbor and myself, and like every practice — professional or spiritual — we each exercise it in ways that satisfy our deepest needs and longings.
You chose them oh so carefully, watered them very patiently, attended them quite so faithfully - and, they STILL didn't grow! Don't be too quick to take the blame.
As a professional educator, I understand how important – and fulfilling – it is to teach kids real skills they can use to improve their lives. Kids in 'food deserts' especially can learn healthy and fun ways to eat through gardening.
Have you ever gotten curious about those holes in your Northeast Florida Garden?
“Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!" Thomas Edison is reported to have said to his close friend, Walter S. Mallory. For Edison, as for gardeners, failures point the way to what works by showing what doesn't.
I'm happy to report that we've had a lot of success growing a lot of delicious vegetables here in our Saint Augustine suburban side yards and back yards. That said, some vegetables just failed, despite how much we wanted them to thrive.