We can easily get overwhelmed by all the things that we think we need to do. Yet, there are lots of things in life that are out of our control. Sometimes, all we can do is focus on the things we CAN control, like our business.

Business lessons learned from my garden

One of things I did this weekend was pick berries in my yard, and as I did I was thinking about the analogy of berries and business. Yep, seriously that was what was going through my brain!

It started with loganberries. If you have not had one before, this is a bit like a raspberry/blackberry cross. There used to be a place in Washington that made the most delicious loganberry liqueur. They were bought out by one of the big wineries and eventually they stopped production. So I started making my own. Since loganberries are a bit hard to find, we planted one in our yard. It is year 4 now I think, and finally we have a few dozen loganberries, they are that slow to grow.

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We also have five blueberry bushes and a blackberry cane. Blueberries take 5 to 10 years to reach full size and full production. Once they do, a few blueberry bushes is all you need for jams, freezing, and fresh eating. Blackberries take 3-4 years to be fully established, but the variety we have will yield up to 30 lbs. per year at maturity. We only need one.

Raspberries. My favorite thing about summer is eating raspberries fresh from the cane. There is nothing like it. In our last house I never had to go pick elsewhere because the 8-10 canes we had produced all we needed. I was excited when we moved because the area we are now in is part of a belt of commercial raspberry farms that extends up the valley into BC. Yet, for some reason, our raspberries here are unhappy. The fruit is really small and the canes don’t look healthy. We’ve had raspberries for 15 years so it’s not that we don’t know what we are doing.

Strawberries. We stopped growing these. The reward just wasn’t worth the space they took. There are lots of berry farms around and I just buy a flat or two every year. Peas are another thing I stopped growing in my garden. The time it took to shell them just to get a bowlful just didn’t add up when I could buy a huge bag of organic peas from Costco for $7.

So there’s a little, err, food for thought (sorry, couldn’t resist).

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