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Growing a
Garden

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What Is Gardening?

Gardening is something like the “hobby” version of farming.  Some garden for food.  Some garden for flowers.  Some garden for fun.  No matter your reasons, you’ll inevitably realize additional benefits.  Growing a garden is a return to your human roots, after all.

Why Gardening?

Gardening is an essential skill for self-sufficiency.  Green thumbs feed the world.  There’re also pretty fun to develop once you get started.

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about.

Hell, I hardly claim to be an expert on myself.  😂😂😂

These breakdowns are largely for me.  I use them to record and reference.  Unlike most others on this site though, this goal setting page might actually be useful to the outside observer.

No promises.  You can tell me.

Real-World Provider

Growing a garden is one of those hard skills that has a practical purpose.  Those who grow contribute to society.

Hands in the Dirt

Growing a garden is a grounding experience.  Getting your hands dirty is good for you, in more ways than one.

Down to Earth

Growing a garden is a grounding experience.

Natural Sacrifice

Put in sweat now, reap the benefits later.  In this way, gardening grounds you in the true nature of our reality.

Value Time & Opportunity

The seasons pass whether you take advantage of them or not.  

There’s a lot that goes into choosing the right goals for you.  Here’s a quick look at what the goal-setting journey has been like for me.

Learn with Me

I’m still a novice at this one.

I’ve only been gardening for a few seasons so far.

I’ve had decent success so far.  But my thumb can still get a lot greener.  There is still a long way to go in my gardening journey.  Who knows, I may even become a farmer.

I’ve done goal setting exercises of all types.  They are one of the most important tools I use to improve my life.

Over the years, my process has evolved.

Nowadays, I have a solid list of life goals that I revisit periodically.  I break those down into yearly, quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals.  I use a variety of different frameworks and love to try new goal setting methods.

My goals are how I make my life, as seen on This Site.

My Experience

I’m climbing my way toward mastery.

More than anything, I just need a few more years.

I already have a fairly sophisticated system.  I already have a fairly sophisticated system.  But for me, figuring out what I really want takes reps.  

I use my goals to carve out a life purpose.

Points of emphasis respond to change in both me and in the world.  But all the while, they pull me forward.

I create goals then mold my character to the traits that those objectives require.  My goals help me discover the man I need to be so that I can do the things I want to do.

So far, they’ve served me well.  Long may it continue.

  • Importance – 95%
  • Passion – 95%
  • Mastery – 85%

Journey Started: ≈2010

Self-Sufficiency Tool

Goals are fundamental.  They are an essential pillar of a good life.  Without them, it’s easy to get blown to and fro by the winds of the world.

Where Growing Food Fits in the Game of Life

Gardening is one of the biggest pieces of the Self Sufficiency puzzle.

For me, it’s a “Tier 3” concept, combining with Livestock and others to form Homesteading.

It is also one of the precurssors to Cooking.

1. Self Sufficiency
‣ 2. Gardening
3. Good Soil
3. Scheduling
4. Growth Zones
4. Seasonal Crops
4. 
3. Maintenance
3. 
3. Market Gardening

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Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

New Year's Resolutions get a bad wrap. It's not their fault though. It's yours. The truth is: The beginning of the year is a perfect time for a reset. You have to execute though. Do it right and this year could be the best year you've ever had. No guarantees. Because,...

Creating a Garden That Enriches Your Life

For goal setting newbies:

Let’s start with the best advice up front.

Just get started.

You can’t set effective goals until you’ve done it before.  Like most things, you’ll suck the first few times.  Eventually though, you might discover things about yourself you never knew.

The first step is to write your goals down.

If you don’t have a Journaling habit, it’s time you started one.

To borrow a personal growth cliché:

“Goals not written down are just dreams.” (Les Brown?)

They say there is a magic in putting pen to paper.  Many shy away.  But for success, it’s a small price to pay.  When you take your future seriously, you no longer see things like goal setting as a chores.

Instead, you’ll find that your goals help you chart a path.  As you grow into the person capable of achieving your goals, you’ll then map out higher ones.

So begins the climb toward Achievement.

Once you commit, there are a variety of ways to get started.

I pull my inspiration from Brendon Burchard, Vishen Lakhiani, Tony Robbins, and my other Favorite Coaches.  Each has their own spin and plenty to teach.

Again, it’s easier once you’ve done it before.  Eventually, you’ll find what works for you.

How to Grow a Garden Step-By-Step

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Identify Climate

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Develop Soil

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Planting

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Maintenance

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Harvesting

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Off-Season Care

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Remember: just start.  The first time you put your goals on paper, you’re closer to achieving your dreams than 90% of the population.

My Favorite Gardening Videos

Everything you need to learn about goals is online.

I’m no high performance titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to make a lasting impact.

Data
Dump

 

One of the main purposes of This Site is to catalog my learnings.  I’m not that learned.  But I’m working on becoming moreso.  If you see a “data dump” on this site, you’re looking at unsorted information.  It may be related or completely  unrelated, depending on the topic.

 

5 Vegetables That Are TOO Easy to Grow

How to Start Beekeeping

The Secret to Buying Off Grid Land

5 Vegetables You Can Overwinter

Apple Tree Grafting for Beginners

Crops You Can Start in August

Top 10 Vegetables to Plant in September

How To Use Neem Oil to Control Pests & Diseases

10 Organic Ways to Control Pests in the Garden

Nature's Always Right Backyard Market Garden

Nature's Always Right Market Garden Update

No Water. Now Weeds. No Tilling.

Plant Nutrition 101: All Plant Nutrients & Deficiencies

Fix Leggy Seedlings

How To Grow Your Own Salsa 🌶

How To Plant, Prune, & Irrigate Fruit Trees

How We Raise a Year's Worth of Meat

5 Reasons to Keep Chickens

The Cute & Ugly About Keeping Ducks

What Plant Hardiness Zones Don't Tell you

9 Beginner Gardening Mistakes

A Forest Garden with 500 Edible Plants

Grow 500% More Vegetables in 5 Times Less Space

Raised Bed Gardens for Beginners

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

What Happened To My Steel Raised Beds

Why I Switched to Raised Beds

How to Fill, Fertilize, Plant, & Mulch a Raised Bed

How to Build Cheap, DIY Raised Beds in Under 30 Min

How to Fill a Raised Bed & Save 60%

Hugelkultur Style Raised Bed

8 Raised Bed Gardening Tips

9 Raised Bed Mistakes to Avoid

Raised
Beds

 

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Individual
Plants

 

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10 Vegetables You Should Always Grow

50+ Plants I'm Growing in My Spring Garden

Overwintering Peppers

5 Reasons Cucumbers Become Deformed or Misshapen

6 Watermelon Growing Mistakes to Avoid

How To Grow Anaheim/New Mexico Chili Peppers

Anaheim Pepper Harvest

Harvesting Poblano Peppers

5 Reasons Cucumbers Become Deformed or Misshapen

Complete Guide to Growing Lots of Tomatoes

The Definitive Guide to Growing Garlic

Plants You Can Intercrop with Tomatoes

The Three Sister Method - Corn, Squash, & Beans

How To Grow Corn - Complete Growing Guide

5 Tips to Grow a Ton of Sweetcorn in One Raised Bed

5 Fruit Tress That Are Too Easy to Grow

Harvesting Onions & How to Tell When They're Ready

This Technique of Tying Up Tomatoes Will Change Your Life

3 Vertical Ways to Grow Cucumbers & Save Space

I Grew 235 lbs of Potatoes in 200 Sq Ft without Watering

Spank Your Tomatoes for Bigger Harvests

What Happens When You Bury Kitchen Scraps?

14 Organic Fertilizers & How to Use Them

Worm Composting... Underground?! Subpod Review

Vermicomposting the Easy Way

How To Amend Your Soil for Fall

How To Prepare Garden for Fall and Winter

6 Different Ways to Compost Wherever You Live

Compost &
Fertilizer

 

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The Business
of Growing

 

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Earning Over $80K a Year on 1.5 Acres

How To Quit Your Job and Start Farming

Top 10 High Profit Crops to Become a Millionaire

He Built This Garden in a Year for ~$1000

Nature's Always Right Backyard Market Garden

Nature's Always Right Market Garden Update

How To Start a No Dig Garden Start to Finish

Compost &
Fertilizer

 

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How I Use Gardening to Become more Self Sufficient

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

The Tomato King

When you set goals like this, it becomes a spiritual thang.  Self Awareness is my fave. 🤩 It might be the best tool for sorting out things like your “heart’s desire” or “life purpose.”  And when you get it right, your goals become your destiny.  Predict your own success, then take responsibility.  You’ll be able to look back and say “Called it, b!tch.” 😏

Bullet Journal, Save Us

I pretty much put my entire life in my Bullet Journal.  It’s a straight up lifesaver.  More than that though: for me, it’s a life maker.  Bullet journals let you create your own dynamic layouts that are perfect for goal setting.  I create new layouts every year as I learn and my needs develop.  Without it, I don’t know how I would be able to plan as I do.

Turning Big Rocks Into Little Rocks

Each year, I revisit and revise my life goals.  I add and subtract as needed then build out a yearly plan based on that.  I break those down into monthly targets, to be reviewed and updated each quarter throughout the year.  Finally, I use weekly and daily journal layouts to plan and track the individual tasks that need to get done day to day.

Day Dreaming with Homework

I approach goal setting with a “shoot for the moon” mentality.  I’m all about bringing imagination into it.  But that has to be anchored with tracking and review.  I basically create worksheets for myself.  They range from daily To Do Lists to monthly project planning to financial dashboards.  Together, they help me identify what gets results for me.

Sharing is Caring

If you haven’t noticed, I like to share my goals. 😁 It’s good for you.  I even try to set up group goal setting activities when I can.  (See: First Mastermind)  Support and accountability are underrated.  Masterminds provide both.  Beyond that, I like to announce my goals to the world because I’m a sh!t talker and it motivates me to do live up to my words.

Favorite Coaches

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How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

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I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

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Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

Setting Goals for 2019

I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

December has been one of the best months of my life. Rather: I've been around my all-time best this month. Experientially, nothing beats the days with my boys. But I am turning myself into a monster.  It really showed this month.  Much of the pay off will come later. ...

My Top 3 High Performance Coaches

"YouTube University" has brought many a life-optimizer across my path.  These three are my favorite high performance coaches.

Brendon Burchard

operation Director, Elegant Themes

Robin Sharma

Tech Support, Elegant Themes

Tim Ferris

operation Director, Elegant Themes

So, You Think You Want to Become Self Sufficient?

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