Tag: gardening

This Year

I plant seeds even though nothing ever grows, it’s hope that I carry in my hands, planting rows of green and yellow squash, collards, and tiny hard peas, marking the burials with rolled up seed packets stuck in the fence that will unravel with…

Crop Tending

In the kitchen there is an empty egg carton and two packages of seeds, cilantro and basil, my favorite herbs. My plan is to start the seeds in the egg carton and have sweet little shoots to plant when it gets warm. I have…

Pandemic Saturday Blessing

In other news, we have red chairs on our porch. And thirty packets of seeds on the kitchen counter. The chairs took us three hours to put together. There were actually only eight screws for each chair but the spatial analysis challenge was epic….

Crop Report

My husband asked about the crops tonight and seemed distressed by my response. “That’s it? Two tomatoes and two peppers?” “One’s a ghost pepper.” “You know for sure it’s a ghost pepper?” I thought about it. I seem to recall seeing the little plant…

The Elusiveness of Consistent Effort

The trips out to my insanely untended ‘Victory Garden’ have become more infrequent as the dread at finding still more tomatoes grows. Our neighbor, a man with a new-found farmer avocation, comes by every few days with bags of tomatoes, small ones, medium ones,…

Not Everything’s a Big Deal

The woman next door keeps telling her dog to sit and he barks at her. She persists. He barks more. She holds up a tennis ball. He barks. Finally, she throws the ball and he runs after it. But he doesn’t bring it back….

Garden of Defeat

I love the hopefulness of gardening but despise the tending. In a life full of half-hearted attempts to do things that other people do that seem to make them happy, gardening is the worst. It’s the exhilaration and the incredible crash that damage me…

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