In July 2020, I got busy – really busy. After this Spring’s COVID crisis, I was happy to have any business at all. Suddenly I had more business than I ever had before. I was working so hard; unfortunately, I dropped one of the many balls I had in the air. I didn’t water my bonsai.
“It’s ok,” I told myself as I headed towards my desk. “It’s supposed to rain today.” The weatherman was wrong. “The storm had been delayed, and the rain will be here tomorrow” he told us. Again, I went straight to work and ignored my parched plants for another day.
By the time I got around to watering, it was too late. All of my three-year-old bonsai were gone.
I have restarted my bonsai garden. Indoors, so it doesn’t have to suffer the Houston heat.
Now the garden serves as a daily reminder.
Water your garden (or business) every day. – It can die very quickly if you don’t. Just two days of neglect and 100-degree weather was enough to destroy years of work and progress.
Automate what you can. – I have a sprinkler system. It just needs repair. Had I automated the watering of this garden, the bonsai would still be alive today.
Create an environment that facilitates success. – I have restarted this garden inside with grow lights. Although my garden looks depressingly sad right now, I am much more likely to have success by keeping the environment tightly controlled.