It takes a good imagination to keep plugging away at the garden at this time of year. You’ve got to be able to see what isn’t there. You’ve got to be able to envision the possibilities. If you can’t, you’ll be overwhelmed by the weeds and the slugs, and you’ll give up before your garden even has a chance.
Not unlike parenting, actually. (I do think gardening is like parenting, in so many ways!) As a parent, you’ve got to be able to envision the future—envision the competent and confident adult your child can become. Otherwise you’ll be overwhelmed by the messy room, uncombed hair, terrible manners, and unfinished homework you live with day in and day out.
Gardeners and parents both have to be able to dream a little.