One of the wisest things I've ever heard about gardening came from C.R. Lawn, the founder of the wonderful Fedco Seeds, who told me, "In the long run, your work is rewarded if you pay
attention to details. In the short run, you never know."
Even professional growers are stymied in certain years, like this last one when late blight wiped out tomatoes and potatoes up and down the Hudson.
Of course, the tomato-less summer was particularly cruel in that it also coincided with the Great Recession.
I don't know about you, but I know a lot of people for whom "in the short run, you never know" says everything that needs to be said about their professional life right now. These are not people who were calmly laid off, but people who were fired in strange, emotional ways after what had been a beautiful work relationship. There seems to be a lot of barely suppressed hysteria in the world right now.
So, what do you think? Do gardeners have a leg up psychologically in interesting times, just because they've had so many lessons in their own powerlessness in the short term–and ability to transform the world in the long-term?
Are you better equipped to shrug off anything life throws at you, just because you've presided over so many dead plants, failed crops, and color schemes that don't work?