Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tales from the world's most optimistic veggie garden #2

Well there are... um, how do I put this? Fewer seedlings that there used to be. I'm not quite sure what went wrong. Oh sure the ground is pretty rough, I chucked them in completely too close together and I sort of forgot to water them for five days but really is this my fault?

In any case, at least half of the 50ish seedlings I put in with my scatter-gun approach are still raging along, although there's a few of them that look a bit weed-like to me. I've also forgotten which ones are squash and which are broccoli, though in the unlikely event any of my babies make it to term I imagine the answer should be obvious.

More than anything, though, I'd forgotten how bloody boring growing things can be in the early stages. It's not like those Magic Tree and Magic Garden things we had as kids where you set it up and these fancy (hey, it was the '90s) crystal blossoms start to appear within hours. Those things were awesome. By comparison my veggie seedlings just sit there all, meh, what did you think, that chucking some seedlings into a patch of dirt was going to turn you into someone who wears overalls, makes pumpkin pie from scratch and has a perpetual healthy glow? I'm too shy to say that's EXACTLY what I'd thought...

5 comments:

CB One said...

you crack me up.

Orhan Kahn said...

You're a classic.

my name is kate said...

I live to serve you both.

Rebecca said...

You thought a spot of gardening would turn you into Barbara in The Good Life?

Although saying that, I can almost imagine Andy in the woolly jumpers of Richard Briers...

my name is kate said...

Hee I think Andy already OWNS that jumper....