CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD

In early July I had the pleasure of enjoying a girl's day trip literally up the mountain to pick peaches at Carter Mountain Orchard with one of my wonderful God-daughters and her mom/my college bestie.  I was all smiles especially knowing that my sweetheart made a special request for this one on one time with Aunt Tam Tam! So good - right?!  
 

LETTING GO


Each growing season I plant with the best of intentions and for the most part, everything goes great.  However, there always comes a time when letting go is essential to the success of the garden.  My intention in this case is to grow a robust crop, harvest as much as possible, remove at the right time and go forward with planting something else.  Yet, I consistently struggle with letting go and as a result, it has been difficult for me to make the most of my gardening space.

I have the hardest time parting ways with the collards and kale.  I love having beautiful, fresh greens on hand for saut├ęs, soups and salads throughout the week and my absolute favorite is a good pot of greens with smoked meat on the weekends. 

 

PERSISTENCE


I've had my share of failures learning experiences since my journey in gardening began. As I'm working through a challenge that doesn't seem like it will end well, I can hear myself  saying part of that phrase we've all heard...  "Tis a lesson you should heed: try, try, try again. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again".  There's never a thought to just give up.  Rather, there exists a strong desire to find a better way.