This year I challenge you to pick one plant you really want to grow. It can be a flower, a fruit, a vegetable, a shrub, an herb.
Whatever that one thing is, learn as much as you can about that one plant. What conditions does it grow best in, are there benefits, can you cook with it, what pests does it attract, what are its strengths or weaknesses?
What if, every year instead of trying to learn as much as we can about everything and feeling far behind, we learned a ton about one thing. If you become an expert on one plant a year, think about how much garden knowledge you will have. Think about all the wonderful things you will grow perfectly!
Who's to say by year two or three you won't have the capacity in that old brain to become an expert on two plants.
If you do try to master more than one plant per year, make sure you have the time to devote to both. There is nothing sadder than dead plants in the garden.
Let me know what you plan on becoming an expert on this year, and I would love to see pictures of your success!
Photo Credits: Joe Baladez(also the one who maintains MB's garden:)