Updated: Feb 2, 2019
Congratulations! If you have made it this far through the course you have made a lot of progress. Let's review.
Step 1: We started the course by taking stock of our current plant life with a photo journal
Step 2: Next, we dreamed of our dream plantscape
Step 3: Identifying our why came next, allowing us to specify the benefits of improving our plant life.
Steps 4 and 5: Finally, we’ve considered hindrances in our environment and in our mindsets.
At this point, if you’ve done all the exercises, I’d encourage you to examine where you started and where you are now? Do you feel more encouraged to enhance your plant life? I hope so! If you missed any of the exercises go back and catch-up: https://www.hortikiplants.com/blog/categories/live-your-best-plant-life-series
Let's wrap up with:
5 Ways to Take Action and Keep Your Momentum Going.
#1 State Extension Service
In the U.S. we have free access to information about gardening through our state extension service. Extension is a system developed in 1862 designed to extend the knowledge developed by researchers at public universities out to the public. Every state and several U.S. territories offer this free service. Each year hundreds of free, science based articles are published to help everyday people. Topics covered include health, nutrition, gardening, financial wellness, parenting and more.
I've even used their information to help me shop for towels!
It may sound strange, but when you think about it - towels made from natural fibers like cotton - are an agricultural product.. So it makes sense for the agricultural extension service to do research on this and they do! Many university's have textile studies departments within their college's of agriculture.
Still - you may think - just go into the store and see how the towel feels. Makes sense, except for the fact that many towel manufactures will treat their products with a softening chemical to make the towels feel soft in the store. After a few washes, this softening agent washes off and your towel can have an entirely different texture.
I wanted to buy a quality product and I didn't know if terms like 'Egyptian cotton' really made a difference or if it was simply marketing. Also what is a good thread count? I found the answers to all of these and more from an extension publication.
Find your state's office using this map: https://nifa.usda.gov/land-grant-colleges-and-universities-partner-website-directory
Or simply search your state's name and "agricultural extension service"