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Episode 113 Critical Thinking Tools For Gardeners

I wanted to do a different type of show today.  Simply put I wanted to share some tools that I use both professionally at work and at home (particularly when gardening).  These tools are easy; anyone can use them.  They are also effective and allow you to make the right decision when done properly.

*Thought Maps/Decision Maps/Mind Maps – This tool allows you to write down a primary thought such as “plant beans” and take that thought out to every benefit and risk that you can think of.  It will help you see the interactions and how even something that appears risky in the short term can be beneficial long term.

*Problem solving – Problem statement, initial actions, root cause (WHY WHY WHY), countermeasure and verification.  These steps help you find the real problem, put action in place to prevent any more loss and then fix it so it never happens again.

*Gant Charts – A visual way to see the progression of your planting season and how different plantings can interact.

*Process Maps – A visual way to see the inputs and steps needed to get a desired output.

 

Also – Check out this contest from our sponsor Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  Two winners will receive a Small Northern or a Small Southern Seed Collection (Contents can be found here and here).  Each collection contains many packets of seeds suitable for either Northern or Southern growers.  These seeds are heirloom seeds of course, no hybrids and no GMO.  Each package has a retail value of $55!  Entering the contest is simple.  1.  Go to www.rareseeds.com and then go to the “About Us” tab/page.  2.  Find and remember the first name of the founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  3.  Compose an email to me at Jason AT theselfsufficientgardener.com, subject line:  Seed Contest, I need to see two things in the body of the email.  Your complete mailing address and the name from step #2.

GOOD LUCK!

5 comments to Episode 113 Critical Thinking Tools For Gardeners

  • Erollins

    Jason,

    Once again I applaud you bringing another discipline into your view of gardening. As a career designer and problem solver, I always welcome someone’s critical thinking skills. Something that I think is sorely lacking in education today… in any endevour.

    Early in my career (real early… like the early 70’s) I was exposed to a book that changed, forever, how I attacked a problem or design challenge. The book title is “The Universal Traveler” written by Kuberg and Bagnall (sorry I don’t have their first names in front of me.) I believe it is still in print. Wonderful book written as a travel guide to problem solving. Check it out.

    Thanks again for all you do.

    Ed

  • Erollins

    Jason,

    Once again I applaud you bringing another discipline into your view of gardening. As a career designer and problem solver, I always welcome someone’s critical thinking skills. Something that I think is sorely lacking in education today… in any endevour.

    Early in my career (real early… like the early 70’s) I was exposed to a book that changed, forever, how I attacked a problem or design challenge. The book title is “The Universal Traveler” written by Kuberg and Bagnall (sorry I don’t have their first names in front of me.) I believe it is still in print. Wonderful book written as a travel guide to problem solving. Check it out.

    Thanks again for all you do.

    Ed

  • jason

    That book sounds interesting.  I’ll have to check it out.  Thanks for the compliments!
    Jason

  • Gant Chart for gardening… wow.  Neat idea.  I will have to try that 🙂

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