1. If you don't get your hands dirty, you're not doing it right.
2. If you don't pay attention to it, it dies.
3. Just when it's ripe, the pests move in.
4. Writing and gardening can both be bad for your back.
5. The more obsessed you become, the better it thrives.
6. Sometimes you don't want to do it, but you have to anyway.
7. You must thin out your rows, as much as it hurts to do so.
8. It never quite turns out how you think it will.
9. It nourishes you.
10. It is HARD WORK!