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September 20, 2020

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

Tuesday, 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 recently. 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 very 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 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.


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:

I find with many soil-less gardeners there is much impatience about word 'definitions.' They need to know what something means, they want to know everything about it, and they need to know NOW. They think. They consider. They research. They ruminate. They scramble so much in an effort to "know everything" about a word that they have totally lost sight of what they already know about that word. They leave no room for organic and natural personal growth in this area. They believe that if they just keep heaping information on top of their heads, this alone will provide them with “full and perfect” understanding. Let me break this to you gently: There is no full and perfect understanding — of words or anything else. There’s only good, working understanding that is relative to our life at that moment and that then serves as a foundation for future and new understanding.

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