“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Author Sarah Ban Breathnach says “success arrives only after we have mastered failing better.” Boy, nowhere is this more true than in the garden. How many special, must-have plants have you dragged home from the nursery, only to find they were not happy in your garden? How many seeds have you planted, only to have ants carry them off for their own anty munching? If we were to let our failures in the garden stop us, we would all have yards filled with nothing but weeds and dirt. Gardening teaches perseverance like nothing else I know. Stick to it long enough, though, and you WILL find the perfect plants for your little corner of the world. You’ll learn how to protect newly planted seeds from marauding ants. And you will definitely begin to reap the rewards of your hard work. Just don’t give up. Plant and plant again. Learn more about what succeeds in your zone, something you can’t always tell by what’s available at your local generic or “big box” garden centers. Talk to other gardeners in your area, join an online garden group, join a local garden club, and read, read, read. As your knowledge grows, so will your plants. But always bear in mind that the best teacher of all is failure. Just learn to fail better! And did I mention never give up?