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Lessons Learned from the spring of 2014

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Lesson #1: Designate an afternoon every other week to write and stick to it. It’s been more than a month since my last blog post. I regret that and apologize to you who have expressed interest and have found value in reading my bi-monthly posts. It’s been a great spring for gardening and landscaping. Every day I arise with the intent to write a post and I make mental notes of topics that might interest readers. That seems to be as far as I get. Instead of writing while I’m fresh and rested, I go the patio to check on My Garden Posts and continue on to our gardens and yard projects. The truth is; I’d rather garden than write and I need more discipline to keep my schedule.

Lesson #2: It only takes 2 or 3 My Garden Post small planters to grow all the salad greens my wife and I can eat. I started several nice varieties of gourmet lettuce greens from seed in late March. When it came time to transplant them to MGP planters, I had more than I needed, so I decided to dedicate one My Garden Post solely to lettuce greens. I planted up 5 small planters and arranged them on a MGP outside the first week in April. I began harvesting lettuce April 15th and have continued the routine every 7-10 days since. My wife and I enjoy salads every day and we can’t eat it all. Three small planters will produce all we need. I’ve found friends are very happy to receive fresh organic gourmet lettuce as a gift.

Gourmet lettuce harvested from one small MGP planter

My Garden Post with 5 planters of gourmet lettuce

Lesson #3: There is a large community of senior and handicapped gardeners who are passionate about growing fresh organic vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit.  The MGP team is very encouraged by the sales of My Garden Post this spring. It wasn’t a big surprise, but we noted that senior gardeners and handicapped gardeners accounted for a significant number of the total My Garden Posts sold. The MGP vertical gardening system was originally developed to meet the needs of urban gardeners with little space to garden on their balconies, decks and patios. As I began to test the first MGP prototypes, I soon appreciated the accessibility and knew it would be a hit with seniors and other handicapped gardeners. I garden from a wheelchair, but didn’t fully appreciate the size of the community of handicapped gardeners I was part of.

Ann (96), my favorite senior gardener posed with her My Garden Post. This is her second year of vertical gardening.

Lesson #4: Listen to your critics. Since introducing My Garden Post to the social media, every once in a while we have received negative feedback from do-it-yourselfers. Their comments go much like this, “I can attach some pots on a post for much less money.” I readily dismissed those comments for a few reasons. MGP planters are uniquely designed and patented to mount on a standard 4” X 4” wooden post. There is simply no easier, more effective or less expensive way to do it.

Most folks buy the MGP Planters and mount them on their mailbox post, lamp post or deck railing posts and plant them with flowers. I came up with the DIY project below using 7 large MGP planters and 7 small MGP planters. I’m growing an assortment of flowering annuals, cucumbers, peppers and herbs. I didn’t save any money with this alternative to MGP and it took far more time to build, rather than assemble 3 My Garden Posts. However, I like it and all the planters are very accessible. There’s no weeding and the MGP drip irrigation system waters my plants so I rarely give it a thought.

Look closely to see that I have fitted the posts and planters with a My Garden Post drip irrigation timer and system. The planters were potted the day before I took this picture. I’ll include more pictures as my plants grow.

This “Space Saver” Cucumber will be producing loads of fruit in the near future.

Now I'm headed to the garden.  Thanks for following, Oliver.

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