What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

How do you recover when the vegetable garden that promised so much, delivers so little.

Most people growing their own food in our society do it as a hobby or as part of a healthier lifestyle. The reward for your effort is fresh produce that might supplement a meal a couple of times a week. It won’t make much of a difference to your weekly grocery bill.

People all over the world grow their own food for survival. Even a generation or so ago in your own heritage, there was no room for failed crops. What you didn’t grow you didn’t eat.

In our modern society if the tomatoes you plant fail, it’s not going to stop you eating tomatoes! It’s merely something you would prefer to avoid as you spent time,  money, and effort planting them.


Today we have the privilege of things going wrong. You should see mistakes, problems, or a completely failed crop as a cost on the way to getting things right.


Don’t let failures discourage you. Focus on the upside of the things you get wrong instead of obsessing about your lack of success, and your failures will  go from being a disaster to a precious opportunity. You have learned something new!

You won’t advance in your efforts to grow more of your own food if you’re obsessed with getting things right every time. So the best way to accomplish more is to set out to be as open to wrong as often as you can afford to be.


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Written by Suburban Farmer

Hi, I am Mike the Suburban Farmer. I have been practising backyard self-sufficiency for 15 years and aim to inspire you to look at your backyard in a new way, and to enjoy the many rewards from growing your own.