Courtesy of John S., Blue Ribbon Eggs, Franklin NC
You’re smart to start gradually and small. Kinda like learning to play the piano – go slow. Accuracy and speed (or in our case size) will come.
The mistake I made at first (aside from excessive ambition and hence scale) was always blaming myself when things didn’t work out, until I found out some companies sell bad seed, sometimes it’s just the wrong variety for my area or soil and sometimes the weather just ain’t right…..I’ve learned tons from the natives here and watch what they do closely. Especially other old men in bibb overalls. I have been fortunate to make friends among the locals and we share what’s worked this season or not. If you have a problem with beans or what ever, often you’ll find everyone else did too.