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Just One Bite at a Time Series: Soil-less Gardens, Part 2
Choose your project.
(And choose it wisely!)

from the Question Line Duo


We are excited by the enthusiastic response to the first installment of our "One Bite" series on soil-less gardens. It's a joy to picture folks around the world all poised to start new adventures!

In this series, we are giving you the bare bones, minimal reading and DVD watching that you need to do. When you can, you are always welcome (and encouraged!) to read prior pages or between the pages we suggest, for more insight and greater understanding.


Before you decide . . .

The first step to a soil-less garden project is choosing what your project will be. The second step is to put your goal into words. That is, write your DDP.

DDP stands for "definition, direction and purpose" — the intent for your project. You will learn more about that when you:

When you've done both of those things, come back to this email.

Now you're ready to:

  • Decide what your project will be, and write your DDP.

Write it down on a blank piece of paper, or in a blank notebook. If you're more electronically inclined, type it into a new file using your favorite note-taking app.


Three important tips.

Really. Truly. Follow these tips now, and be oh-so-very glad later!

  1. If you're just getting started (or jumping back in), we urge you to choose something simple for your first project.

    If you read that sentence and still feel compelled to make raising your kids, running your business or redesigning the Louvre your first soil-less garden project — don't. Instead, watch the beginning of Chapter 6 (about 15 minutes) of the Soil-less Gardens DVD and listen to Machaelle explain why your first soil-less garden project should be something uncomplicated. She will also give you examples of the amazing potential that a clear, uncomplicated DDP offers.

  2. Your "simple" garden should still be something you actually care to do. It just shouldn't involve risking your life's work, your life's savings or your children's lives. You're learning the soil-less garden process, and getting to know your nature partner. You want to be able to relax about the results.

  3. When it comes to writing your DDP, say what you really mean. Don't wrap it up in fancy language, or force yourself to fit a set of rules akin to daily affirmations. If your DDP is a struggle, let that be a clue to drop the complexity. And for examples on how to keep your DDP simple and clear, even if it has multiple pieces, read "DDP Examples" on pages 13-16 of the SLG Companion.

Solutions for Soil-less Gardens

Brand new and want a simpler start?

If this is the first you've heard of "working with nature" or you want to gently ease yourself into soil-less gardening, don't despair. There's a super easy way to get started.

Before you begin your first official soil-less garden project, you can quickly and easily work with nature to support your projects and goals with one, two or all three of these Perelandra Solutions:

We give you easy-to-follow steps and many examples here in an earlier "One Bite" article with a comically long title:

Once you set up a few goals with these steps and use ETS for Soil-less Gardens, it's just a short leap to setting up an "official" soil-less garden project.

Struggling with your DDP wording?

Remember this is the first step in a lifetime of learning about working with nature. Your first DDP is practice, it does not require perfection. Try this:

  1. Get out your EoP (Essence of Perelandra).

  2. State: "I'm taking this EoP to relax, choose my soil-less garden project and express my DDP clearly."

  3. Take 10 drops of EoP orally, keeping your mind on that focus.

Send us your DDPs!

What will your project be? We would love to hear from you. Once you choose and write down your DDP, send an email to tell us. We'll collect the examples and share some of them (anonymously) throughout this series.


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