Every Gardener's Right to Garden Failure

Nobody likes failing, but it’s a natural part of life. Failure happens in gardening as much as anywhere, and it’s a normal part of the process of becoming an adept gardener. Sometimes things are out of your control, like the weather. Other failures are lessons you can learn to do better next time. 

We know you put a lot of time and work into your garden, so we know how frustrating it can be when your garden doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Here are some reasons why we believe every gardener has a right to garden failure along with some suggestions for how to move past your failures so you can produce a beautiful, bountiful garden.

You can’t learn if you don’t fail

You’ll never know what it’s like to grow a new type of vegetable in your garden or whether one type of mulch works better in your soil than another if you don’t try. Think of garden failures as less of mistakes and more of learning opportunities. Because even though a lot of the things you try in your garden won’t work out, a lot of them will. But you’ll never know that if you don’t take a risk. 

Failure makes you a better gardener

It’s easy to just give up when you fail at something but taking the time to learn what went wrong is the only way you’re going to get better. If something happened to a vegetable plant, take it to an expert at a garden center or a local farmer to see if they can give you some insight into what happened, such as whether the plant had a disease or was watered incorrectly.

You can also pick up a soil test kit to see what type of soil you have and what the pH level is to help you determine what you can do to improve it for the next planting season. Learn from your mistakes.

Keep track with a journal

Keep a gardening journal so that you can track what failed in your garden to avoid making the same mistake again. Use it to note what you planted along with important details like when you planted it, weather conditions, what fertilizer you used, how often you watered it, etc. Jot down every single thing you do in your garden so you can more easily track down the problem when something goes wrong. 

As an added bonus, you can also use your journal to remember what you did that turned out great in your garden.

Don’t give up on gardening

Whatever you do to come back from your garden failure, don’t give up! Just because all or part of your garden didn’t turn out the way you wanted this year doesn’t mean you’re doomed to failure in the future. Everyone experiences some sort of failure in their garden. After all, nature isn’t perfect! 

Talk to other gardeners for insight and look into adding soil amendments to your garden to help nourish the soil and produce healthier plants.