Yes, once again a money-making venture took all of our time and we had to neglect our blogging duties for a few days. Money trumps ego, but apologies to our kind readers. We’ll try to be more consistent now that the big project is out of the way again.
Our topic for today is gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Good soil, lots of rain, plenty of sun — how hard could it be? Ah, the trick is in the timing. No PNW gardener in her right mind would start planting until AT LEAST mid-May in most of our micro-climates. “When all danger of frost is past,” remember???
Nope. We’d be willing to bet that many of us lost our minds this sunny, warm weekend and now are lying in bed moaning with aches and pains from over-enthusiastic gardening activities undertaken for two entire days. Does this happen to the bears who hibernate?
Activities: Till the garden spot. Rake smooth. Run to the farm store to buy starts. Haul out the fertilizer (if you are that kind of gardener) and rake it in. Look for seed packets mailed months ago by the seed companies who have sent out their alluring catalogs for you to drool over all winter. Consider whether to put up a temporary fence against some of the bigger critters that cruise through your yard.
Ah, yes, the joys of gardening. One bad frost can kill all the brave little plants poking their heads up out of the soil. A drenching rain, not unusual this time of the year, can drown them. The rain has the added drawback of packing down the newly-raked soil, too. But brave gardeners are willing to take their chances.
So, what investment lesson do we learn from this? There is a lot of work to do, but in the end it all comes down to timing. (So far today, we’d call the market action a hard frost.)
Advice: Tomatoes, corn, onions, potatoes and beans are great, but plant perennials, too. Berries, grapes, fruit trees, culinary herbs, flowers – these are the equivalent of the buy-and-hold evergreen companies that should form the bulk of your portfolio.