As anyone can see from the photo with the heavy construction equipment, this will be a challenging year for me to follow my original garden plans. I am adding on to my house and the water line just had to run through the middle of the front yard. The expert equipment operator has managed to position his bucket arm in the narrow space between a young pear tree, which is just starting to bear reliably, and a wonderful little Callaway crabapple tree that is also just getting into its bearing years. In the background up along the porch is the only remaining patch of undisturbed earth in my fifth of an acre, and various greens and herbs are doing just fine, having come through the winter under a blanket of straw mulch.
My message is this: Gardens change all the time and they heal fast. Every year is different…some good, some not so good. Seeds and plants have a powerful built-in drive to grow in any conditions that meet their basic needs. So relax. If your garden isn’t picture perfect, or if woodchucks eat every last morsel, keep going. Keep gardening. Change the mix, enjoy what grows and get over what doesn’t.