Our answers to the question for today illustrate two very different personalities. One sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and enjoys remembering. The other wakes up and can’t sleep, planning the next project. One likes to look back and play the game of what might have been -- for an exercise, not because of a wish for something different. The other doesn’t waste time on the past. One dives right in. The other mulls things over and over and over. Guess who's who.
What do you wish you’d known before you started?
James: I wish I’d known about heritage fruit trees, no-till gardening, and the many frogs that supposedly “safe” Roundup has killed. I wish I’d known how to farm with animals to supplement my brawn (though I still don’t own a tractor). I wish I’d known enough to build more pest-proof garden fences. I wish I’d had the skills of a mechanical engineer, cabinetmaker, fine carpenter, solar contractor, and automotive mechanic.
Karen: There's not a lot I wish I had known because learning and starting from scratch is very rewarding. I guess the only thing I wish I knew was just how rewarding it is and maybe we would have done this sooner.