Asked the host at a local happy hour event I was attending. This question was enough to send me into a mini tailspin of panic. What have we done so far? And has it been enough?
As I share this adventure we’re on with others, I get all sorts of questions. Some, like the question above, are out of excitement and genuine interest. While other questions are asked with an undertone of “are you sure you know what you’re doing?” which in response I assure them, “I have absolutely no idea what we’re doing.”
In either case, I appreciate the interest and the opportunity to tell people about this adventure. But holy crap am I scared.
Paralyzed by indecision – what we haven’t done so far
- A name – we still haven’t picked a name. Turns out it’s super hard. Plus, pretty much this whole shebang hinges on a name. You know, important stuff like a website, an LLC, a business checking account, marketing, and this very important thing called branding.
- Tools – a UTV, ATV, walk-behind tractor, truck, plow, riding lawn mower. Do we need it all?
- Infrastructure – a hoop house, green house, wash house, propagation house, chicken house, walk-in cooler, fencing, water, garden plot. What do we start with and where do we put it?
Seriously! How’s a person supposed to know which to get, how much to spend, and when to get it? That’s the thing. We don’t know. And we don’t know anyone who can tell us. So, at some point very soon, we’re just going to have to take a leap and make a decision.
Building momentum – what we have done so far
- Bought seeds – see the complete seed list here: Seed plots & schedule – Seed order
- Got nearly all of our smaller garden tools
- Started four flats of micro greens
- Cleaned out our entire back shed to be used as either a propagation house or wash house or both
- Measured and remeasured and then measured again about two more times where the garden will go (the sun is our biggest determinant and as the days get longer it keeps changing direction, meaning what once had sun has shade and vice versa)
- Started lots of spreadsheets for seed plots and harvest time tables, etc.
- Research, lots of research
So, have we done enough at this point? Probably not, but we’re learning. And through that, we’re also learning to have patience with ourselves and to not be afraid to fail, which clearly we are since we can’t make a frick’n decision.
But we’re getting really close to jumping – or at the least, pushing each other off the edge into the unknown and the scary world of decision making.