Remind Me To Not Grow So Many Plants

Okay, this whole plant thing has become an addiction of sorts. I mean I couldn’t help myself, the seeds were just lying around. Even after this years huge planting I still have seven packages of lettuce seed and that’s just lettuce. Did I tell you there are just two and half of us living here. Dear daughter is only home a couple of days a week so I really can’t count her in, right? Then I have this crazy ability to save seed like I was going to starve or something. How can you rip out a perfectly good but ugly going to seed plant? Sometimes people look at my kale and think why doesn’t she rip that ugly plant out? I can’t help it. I can’t waste so many seeds when so many people go hungry in this country. When I do toss a few kale pods into the green bin to recycle, it must germinate in the piles of compost the city makes. I can hope.

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So here is what has happened this week.This is my newly planted garden from around mid May. Yes, I am growing veggies by the front door and if one more person asks me what the tall green plants are, well, I will strangle them. Really? You don’t know lettuce. Well, lettuce introduce you.Oh, I couldn’t resist that one.

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This week the garden has really filled in and I planted Basil. Yes, those 13 flats of Basil (what was I thinking?) are now my new edging plant in the garden. Basil is the new edging plant for 2014.

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Then there is this notion I have that saving tomato seeds is a good thing. Well, of course it is but do I really need to grow 500 tomato plants? Yes, I did sell some and now I am giving them away. You see I have 100 left and counting. They just don’t stop coming out of their hiding places. I will start looking like a tomato soon. I am now pondering over recipes for all the tomatoes that will eventually bury me alive if they all survive.

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Okay, it was fun selling plants this year but look at all the plants that still need a home. I was able to donate many plants to participants at several programs I am teaching and my friends even took some off my hands. They are finally dwindling in numbers. I feel like that neighbour who leaves zucchini on the doorstep and runs. I just want my extra plants to find a good home.

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I had this crazy idea last week that I should pot up my four-inch tomatoes into one gallon pots. It buys them time until they get a spot in the garden. I have vegetables in the shade gardens, in full sun and part sun. We will see how they do.

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There are over two dozen tomatoes planted in the yard. My front path is lined with them and they are loving it here. I hope the Roses don’t mind their new companions.

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This is my tomato seed saving area in the greenhouse. Its looking very tidy I must say. Note I am only showing you below the shelf so as not to embarrass myself.

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Sigh, I have two more flats of basil in the greenhouse and look, its starting to go to flower. Time to make pesto! What I didn’t show you are the two dozen sunflowers still waiting to be planted. It will happen but I may need to create some new gardens. Is it just me or is it just because I can really garden this year. When you have not been able to garden due to a disability and you suddenly get your legs back, you feel like you have to do everything to make up for all the time that was lost. I sure did that. From lectures, classes and starting plants, I did it all. Now I just want to kick back and relax and enjoy the fruits of my labour. Will I do this all again next year? You bet!

 

 

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