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Welcome, the future.

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  • By Jonn 'J-Dogg' Karsseboom
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Welcome, the future.


I'm beginning to see a pattern in feelings with a new year approaching. Question though: Do other gardeners feel the same? (I'm curious.) Will you let me know what the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 feels like for you?



  1. Renata Renata

    When all else fails, the act of gardening really insists that I am hopeful for the future. This time of year, to cozy up by the best garden view windows and stop focusing on what isn't quite right, but instead, on what is amazing in the garden... the simple task of selecting which seeds and young starts to plan for is, in itself, a supreme gesture of hope. Since the garden doesn't ask much from us gardeners in the winter, its a generous time to simply slow down, and simply be... moving forward, I'm excited to keep reaching for how to be a better steward of our tiny little patch of earth - increasing beneficials, using peat-free products, and planting for what will flourish long, long after I'm gone.

  2. Jonn Karsseboom Jonn Karsseboom

    Hi Leita! Hahaha! It is sometimes two steps forward and one step back isn’t it? I do appreciate your encouragement though and I agree: let’s keep moving forward. Your friend always!- Jonn

  3. Leita G Baker Leita G Baker

    Thank you for your always upbeat videos and garden ideas. Regrets come naturally, I suppose, but looking forward helps. One step forward, sometimes two steps back. But, keep moving.
    PS You are one of those people we wish could be a friend outside of work! Keep rebelling on.

  4. Karsseboom NA Karsseboom NA

    Hi Laura! That is such an invaluable insight.(Thank you!) I’m going to try bringing that with me into this new year. (I already feel better equipped.)

  5. Laura Rybowiak Laura Rybowiak

    No regrets or missed opportunities! Ask what did I learn? How am I going to use what I’ve learned to do something different, something better from here in out. Happy New Year!

  6. Karen Andrus-Hughes Karen Andrus-Hughes

    Beautiful Jonn! Yes, very similar feelings for me too. Wishing all of the Karsseboom’s (even those with new last names

  7. Jacquie Siewert-Schade Jacquie Siewert-Schade

    “When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden” This thought has carried me through this last year and will be with me during the coming year. Several months ago I bought from your nursery a Thimble cactus. I bought it because it was so terribly cute. Since then, every day, I have found such pleasure is seeing it change, blossom and grow. So for my in house garden this gives me joy. Dreaming about the outside garden gives me hope. A new year, new garden dreams, new hope.

  8. Karsseboom NA Karsseboom NA

    Hi Barbara!
    I so agree! (Those hot summers in particular.) This challenge will take all of us! (Happy New Year!)

  9. Mike Weaver Mike Weaver

    John, thank you for sharing this New Year’s video. The approach of New Year’s always causes me multi-emotional reflection as well. I too feel the emotion of regret for those things I have left undone or have yet to start. However, I try to focus on gratitude also, for all the great things that have happened in my life over the past 12 months. This balances me. Lastly, I love the New Year, as it creates an excitement around all the things I hope to accomplish and make better. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  10. Barbara Roth Barbara Roth

    Thank you for your new year thoughts, especially, your upbeat comments about the coming year.
    Along that thought, I want to suggest you guide us to gardening in this coming era of climate change; hotter summers, droughts, wildfires, irregular seasons. We need help in choosing heat resistant plants, landscaping tips to conserve water, etc.
    I look forward to your Thursday emails. They brighten my day.

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