You don’t have to know everything to grow tomatoes

Last summer my dream came true! On our teeny tiny patio, Jose planted tomatoes, basil, oregano, and mint.

I always wanted a garden, but I didn’t pursue it because there was too much to learn. What containers and soil to use. How much sunlight and water. What if I killed them all? Overwhelmed just thinking about it, I forgot about the dream.

Jose didn’t have any gardening experience either, but he was willing to learn. We went to the store and bought a bunch of stuff, not knowing if we were doing it right.

Seven months later, I can count the number of tomatoes we’ve harvested on 1 1/2 hands. 🙂 Perhaps starting in the overbearingly hot Florida summer was not the best choice for a bountiful harvest, but we’re clearly doing something right because look at the garden NOW!

No, we haven’t done this perfectly. No, we’re not experts (although our garden is the talk of our small community haha). The learning curve is steep. But I regret nothing!! We’ve had a TON of fun! We both love connecting with the plants and soil. And those first 6 tomatoes were DELICIOUS! Now there’s over 30 tomatoes growing, plus green bell peppers, and a vertical hydroponic garden 🙂

When I decided to write a book, it was the same thing. I had no idea what I was doing. There was so much to learn. But I knew I’d figure it out, one step at a time. And that’s what I did, twice and counting 🙂

Since the day I began learning Spanish, there have been countless times I felt overwhelmed by the process. It seems like the more I learn, the more I realize I still don’t know! Yet I’m learning to embrace the lifelong journey. I just keep going, bit by bit, day by day.

If there’s something you want to learn, something that calls to you, no matter how steep the learning curve may be, I hope you’ll go for it. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a garden, learning a language, or any other awesome opportunity, you can dive right in or learn slowly. There’s no right way. There’s no wrong way. Mistakes can always be corrected. All that matters is your willingness to start.

To saying yes, to getting started, in whatever small way that may be.
Jessica

Me with my first home-grown book and tomatoes!!!

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