The garden has experienced some ups and downs of late. It has been emotional! haha..
First the leaves started to go pale green, and then yellow.. We researched and found it could be overwatering, too much alkaline in the soil, or a couple of other things. We experimented, tried a few things, and for a while nothing seemed to change. It sucks because you are doing your best to listen and pay attention to what is needed, but sometimes you just don’t know until you give it a go! It’s kinda heartbreaking watching your flourishing garden starting to fade! (I’m kind of getting an idea of what it might be like to have children!)
There is also a fine line of knowing when to let the plants do their thing (they often just need bit of time), and when you need to intervene and give a little help!
After a bit of research, trial and error and patience, the plants started showing signs of rejuvenation. Hooray!
But then… We had a couple of weeks where the weather was extremely wet and humid, and the leaves started to look white and spotty. At first we thought it was too much salt accumulating in the leaves, but then we looked a little deeper to discover the truth. . Powdery mildew! Nooooo!
We researched again, tried different natural remedies and hoped they would be ok. But alas, after careful consideration, we ended up pulling out the pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash plants. (Yes I cried!) All that time and love we had invested, and after watching them grown from little sprouts to enjoying the home-grown cucumbers.. You blame yourself for not doing better, for not seeing things sooner but sometimes things are just out of your control-just as in life.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go, even when you know something isn’t right anymore, or when you’re moving into a new phase of your life and journey. Some things can be altered and tweaked and move with you, but other things (like powdery mildew!) just need to be taken out by the roots and disposed of forever, allowing space for the new healthy stuff. If left, they start to contaminate everything else around it too.
I have to say that although it was sad, it did feel so right pulling out the old plants and making some space for the new. Although we invested a lot of time, energy, life, and love into the old stuff, (which is was perfect for a time), what good is it trying to keep at it if it’s never going to produce the healthiness that we desire?
I know it wasn’t a waste either. Everything we have learnt will enable us to grow our new stuff with wisdom and expertise, and inevitably healthier longer lasting plants with even more delicious fruits!
The garden continues…