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September 19, 2021

Review and Update Your Garden and Soil-less Garden DDPs for the New Year


Wednesday, September 22, is the Autumn Equinox, and the beginning of a new year in nature's cycle.

Did you just say, "I am so ready for a new year," out loud? Understandable.

Jeannette mentioned this. You may find it helpful, and hopeful:

Something I do each year around the fall equinox is pull out all of my DDPs — for my garden and soil-less garden projects — and review each one. Is this still my goal? Is it up-to-date? Does anything need to be adjusted or amended? Is the project completed and does it need to be closed?

I keep a copy of all of my DDPs in one folder on my personal computer. I also keep separate notebooks and files for each project and for my gardens, but having all of my current DDPs in one place has made life easier.

For those unfamiliar, a "DDP" is the "direction, definition and purpose" of your garden or soil-less garden. Your goal. Your intent. Follow the links at the end of this article to learn more and begin your first garden or soil-less garden with your nature partner.

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It's a good thing to start the new year with updated DDPs.

Chances are, some goals were thrown to the wind and DDPs have changed again this year. You've re-evaluated what matters most or been forced by circumstances to change your priorities. This is a good time to reflect and decide if you need to adjust, release or redefine your goals for your garden(s) and your soil-less gardens. If you do wish to change your DDP, you'll need to inform your nature partner. And if you need to put some projects on hold, it's okay. Just let your partner know that's what you're doing. When you are ready to re-engage an "on hold" project, take another look at your DDP before you jump back in.


To Amend Your Garden DDP

Gut Gardeners: If you would like to amend your DDP, write that first. Then hit the start button, tell nature you'd like to change your garden DDP and re-read the statements in The Perelandra Garden Workbook on page 22, Step 2, inserting your new DDP.

2.0 Gardeners: If you'd like to amend your DDP, do that in writing first, for clarity. Then, hit the start button and tell nature you'd like to continue your partnership and co-creative gardening, but you'd like to amend your DDP. In the Garden Workbook, on page 72, Step 2, start with: "I want the following DDP to be the focus of the partnership . . . " In Step 3, ask, "Is my new DDP activated?" and continue through step 5.


To Amend Your Soil-less Garden DDP

It's simpler than you may think. See "Amending a DDP" on page 13 of your Perelandra Soil-less Garden Companion.


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About Writing DDPs

Before you review your garden and project DDPs, we recommend you read Chapter 1 of the Soil-less Garden Companion. It answers darn near every question we're asked on the Question Line about setting up and working with soil-less gardens. Based on our Question Line experience, soil-only gardeners will appreciate this information as well. In just 8 pages Machaelle Wright has packed insight after insight, such as:

When I listen to "soil-less gardeners" talking about their DDPs, I find that the most common mistake they make is writing over-wordy, over-long DDPs. In their zeal to be precise, they put together DDPs that go on for pages. (I've actually seen DDPs that go on for pages.) For some, this is just a mistake in their understanding of how the words "succinct" and "precise" apply to a DDP. They translate those two words to mean "all-inclusive" and "exact in details," which then gets translated into pages and pages describing the all-inclusive, detailed DDP. For others, a lengthy DDP is their way of maintaining full control over their project and inserting the needed manipulative devices for "controlling" their coning partners. Then there are the people who just have a personal aversion to the notion of simplicity and feel a simple DDP won't give their partners enough information or won't work. With these overly wordy DDPs, you don't have a real soil-less garden. You have a fake soil-less garden that only appears to be co-creative.

If ever there was a time to keep your DDP simple, this is it. Don't overthink. State your goal simply and clearly, as you see it right now. If you change, or your goals change, you can adjust your DDP.


About Your Garden DDP and Amending It

Excerpt from the Perelandra Soil-less Garden Companion (Includes Chapter 1 on Writing DDPs)

Get Started with Your Garden

Excerpt from The Perelandra Garden Workbook (Includes how to establish a Gut Garden)

Learn More About the Solstice and Equinox Cycle

Get Started with Your Soil-less Garden