Posted by wendiwendy
Well, I let 2.5 months slip by here. Since I last posted, Paige finished her junior year of high school, Dave finally (finally!) saw the liver doctor, summer arrived with an asphalt-melting vengeance, Toby the Dog got his teeth cleaned (and his honking cough got much better), and I did my usual worrying and fretting about The Future. What else is new?
We put in a garden again this year, after such a roaring success with tomatoes last year. I say “we” but really, if the garden were my responsibility we would be nibbling on dry husks come fall. Dave is my Farmer Boy, and he does all of the gardening and yard stuff. This year he decided to start the plants from seeds. It was, to me, kind of late in the year to be making this industrious decision (the last week of April) and I was skeptical. I envisioned tiny, spindly plants under the glare of the July sun, while our neighbors tended to their waist-high robust tomato garden.
I was wrong, okay? Really, I have no clue where plants or gardening is concerned. I made Dave show me (nay, involve me) in the process, because I really had no idea how to go about growing a plant from a seed. I guess I would grab some dirt from the yard, stick it in a Dixie cup and toss in some seeds? Dave did grab Dixie cups, but he also grabbed coffee filters. (Wha?) We got the filter damp, spread seeds on one side, folded it up just so, and tucked the whole thing into the Dixie cup. We labeled the cups (rosemary, thyme, basil, two kinds of parsley, cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes) and then I promptly forgot about them. I don’t even know if Dave watered them. (I just asked, and not only did he moisten them with an eyedropper, he did it with rainwater. And he talked to the plants. I love this man.)
Every now and then I would peek at them and yay, sprouts! Dave transplanted them into slightly larger containers with dirt, gave them some time out in the sun, and I sat around doubting their ability to grow big enough fast enough. And now? Those suckers are huge. They are out in the garden, or in pots (in the case of the herbs) flowering and growing away. They kick the neighbor’s tomatoes asses. I like to step out on the deck and look over the side at the garden and marvel that those huge plants were teeny little sprouts just 2 months ago. Talk about satisfaction.
It’s time to find recipes involving lots of basil (seriously, we have many basil plants and I will be upset if they go to waste), lots of tomatoes, and lots of peppers (we cheated and bought already-started pepper plants). It’s a good thing I’m Italian, isn’t it? Unfortunately for Dave, he’s heading into a month of gastrointestinal testing for his GERD and hiatal hernia, and guess what he’s supposed to avoid? Tomatoes.
More for me!!