For the past two days we've had snow. Despite all my efforts to keep my newly planted vegetable garden alive it was just not enough. This is one of those lessons one must learn on their own. Sometimes doing something first or early does not lead to much success. With my head hung in defeat I must start my vegetables all over again. This is pretty sad as I'd collected varieties from up and down the California coastline and many cannot be replaced for this growing season.
Still, I'm going to take the good with the bad. This will make me a better gardener for next year. Next year I will calm down, plan things out better, and listen to the locals when they tell me not to plant until after Mother's Day. Research and reading does not always yield a better answer than those who have lived and seen with their own eyes what works and doesn't. This is simply a valuable lesson learned.
What garden defeats have you faced? What lessons might you pass on to a novice vegetable gardener?