Hello friends, this is one of those posts where we have tough conversations, debates and discussions! So lets dive into it!
The internet is flooded with articles like 10 reasons you should start your Garden.. Gardening wave is here.. Its the “IN” thing… I get it… Heck, even I am here promoting and talking about Gardening….
But if you’re someone who’s not into Gardening and wants to start…. Just pause for a moment and ask yourself why… If your reasons are…. I want to give it a try…I want to start a new hobby… that’s great!! I would encourage you to go ahead and give it a shot!
BUT, if you’re motivation has come from some random Instagram or Pinterest image … Its time to rethink! First thing you want to think about is … is it only the looks/appearance of that particular plant that’s attracted your attention.
Do you want a garden purely for an aesthetic appeal and for no other reason? Because if that’s your sole reason, I am pretty sure, you’ll be disappointed sooner or later. Plants are living beings. They are not ornamental showpiece. They wont look the same all the time. They’ll not flower 24×7.. The leaves dry, turn yellow and then brown.. There are pest attacks and sometimes they grow in a way you wouldn’t want them to… for example, they may grow vertically instead of branching out .. or the climber grows in a different direction than what you expected to.
While it is human nature to classify the above behavior as problems and seek solutions; all I would like to suggest is acceptance.
While everyone has painted a very “ROSE-Y” picture of Gardening, I don’t want to paint a “THORN-Y” picture.. But I do want to say that the rose and the thorns together make a plant!!
Now this is a journey that I would like to document every part of! After I had put Krushi (My Agro Project) to halt which was around September 2019, I had decided, for next one year, I want to give it all.
My expertise being in doing what I do, I decided to start my own Gardening Hub in Dhayari Pune.
I opened my Gardening Hub in October 2019. Click here to have a look at our Studio.
October 2019 wasn’t easy. I was ecstatic and elated that I had found a perfect space for my office and Workshop. However, here’s the thing. Now I had to build it, as in I had to set up my office and my business. So initial few days were about cleaning and getting the place in order. The next few days were about setting up the right kind of furniture. Along came all the business compliance and other documentation and licencing that needed to be in place. Next was hiring. I had hired one office admin. She wasn’t good. So I had to fire her and hire another employee. That wasn’t easy. I have never before fired anyone. Then came one of the biggest challenge.. putting out the word saying “we are here” … You guessed it right… Marketing. I had a good experience of gardening but Marketing… I was a big zero in marketing. I am still grasping. It gets very challenging and overwhelming at times.. But its inevitable..
On 3rd November 2019, I conducted my first workshop in my Gardening Hub! Here’s the thing… We had just 2 participants! I remember very clearly and distinctly how scared I was about having just 2 participants. If you would have seen my previous posts of my workshops.. I had got used to having at least 15-20 participants… But then this is what fresh start looks like…. All sorts of thoughts like “what will they think?” …. “Will they be comfortable?”…. “What if they don’t like the workshop because there weren’t many people?”… and on and on went the thoughts… There came a point and I said to myself, “Lets see what happens!!” … And here’s what happened…
What I love the most is… I had just 2 participants – Neha & Vinita and I could achieve so much. Here’s the feedback that Neha left for me..
That was my humble beginning. Here’s me telling you.. If I can do it.. so can you… Don’t be scared to start small…
I am often asked – why should we attend your Gardening Workshop? Or Will we become an expert on Gardening after attending the Gardening Workshop? Or the best one & my favorite – Everything is available on Google, why should we attend a workshop?
So here’s why you should attend a Gardening Workshop
To understand the fundamentals of Gardening: Here’s to answer the first question. You need to understand the basics and fundamentals of Gardening. Things that will not change. And if you ask me what are the fundamentals of Gardening – its understanding your soil. You get the soil right, you can grow anything.
To understand the difference between theory & Practical: Here’s the thing with Gardening, while you can learn all you want on Gardening, your confidence will develop only when you put it to practice. And we help you do that.
Where to start and how to build: There is no denying that you have everything available on Google and YouTube. Even this blog post aims to reach you through Google search. But here’s the thing – while Google is great to search for a particular topic, its difficult to help you get started. Our workshop aims to help you get started and then slowly build your knowledge step by step – using Google and YouTube and all other online sources.
Avoid the Confusion and Overwhelm: There are a thousand different ways/methods/approaches to do something – how do you know which one is the best or which one works the best for you? Here’s where a workshop comes in handy. When we teach you the fundamentals – you realize that as long as the fundamentals are in place, it doesn’t make a difference which method you choose.
Save Time, Money & Effort: Lets face it. There is nothing wrong in making mistakes but it comes with a price – Your Time, Money and Effort. And not mention a bad experience or disappointment, when a plant dies and you’re clueless as to what went wrong. Why not simply learn and then start. 🙂
And to sum it up and answer the second question – The 3 hour workshop is not designed to make you an expert but to help you understand the basics of Gardening and help you get started.
Did part 1 sound very optimistic and sweet and nice…????
Time to get a bit critical!! 😉
So lets start with some mistakes:
When the workshops started taking shape around Nov-Dec 2017, I had further ventured into Gardening Projects. Things didn’t turn out very well. But there was a lesson for a lifetime out there for me:
Gardening and landscaping are two entirely different ball games and need to be approached differently.
You need to be absolutely and sometimes brutally honest with your clients – even at the cost of your business. Because sooner or later it will cost you your Business.
There is no point in setting up Gardens for people who are not really into plants. Plants are a part of your life. Having plants just for their aesthetic appeal is no way to go about it.
Sooner or later you’re going to fall short on your business commitments. Doesn’t mean you don’t take your business seriously or that you’re not capable. I had really very badly beaten myself up for falling short on my commitments. I lived in an idealistic world where “if you’re not true to your commitment what good are you?” What I realized was, sooner or later you’re going to fall short on your business commitments. What you can do is, see to it that the client doesn’t suffer any financial loss due to your mistake. Communicate directly with your client and explain to them why you failed on the commitment and ask for forgiveness.
Sometimes we cannot see things that are very evident because we don’t want to see it. Something very similar happened with Krushi, my agro-project. It was way too ambitious. I didn’t have enough of resources – finance, man -power, know-how but i wanted to do it. Nevertheless – i will make it happen someday, just not today!
I am very optimistic about Krushi, I’ll revive it soon!! Its my dream Project. One i’ll never stop working towards. 🙂
I share this because there are lot of aspiring entrepreneurs out there, and I want to them to know… MISTAKES ARE INEVITABLE. But I also want to tell them
THE FREEDOM TO MAKE MISTAKES IS THE BIGGEST FORM OF FREEDOM & EMPOWERMENT!
Yes, I get this a lot. People often ask me is there really anything to learn about Gardening? Isn’t it like… you just put the sapling in soil/pot and its done? I tell them I wish it were that simple.. Here’s why do we need to learn container gardening –
This is a piece of land…
Look at the soil…
What is this soil?
Soil is a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms that together support life. Have a look.
All the above factors together contribute and make the Soil eco-system (known as pedosphere) . All the above factors create a nexus/network that makes soil habitable.The following image will help you better understand the nature of soil.
Eco-system takes care of itself. For example, the insects and microbes decompose the organic matter and make nutrients available to plants. Or when the ground water rises, it brings minerals to the surface makes it available for the plants. Now when you decide to start Gardening – here’s what you’re doing –
YOU REMOVED A SMALL SECTION AND MOVED IT INTO
AND NOW YOU EXPECT THAT THE SOIL IN THIS POT/CONTAINER WILL ACT JUST LIKE THE SOIL IN THE LAND. But how will that happen? There is no Eco-system.
UNLESS YOU CREATE ONE!! 🙂 🙂
THAT’S WHAT GARDENING IS ALL ABOUT! 🙂
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