Mine grows with weeds. Aplenty.
For me, gardening is about fun. I like to dig in the dirt, I like to
watch things grow, I like to eat vegetables. And sometimes I like to
pick weeds. But I may have underestimated the verve of the creeping
charlie and other nuisances making home in my vegetable beds.
I may have one up on the weeds with my sheer numbers, though. When I
planted tomato and pepper seeds way back when it was still frosty
outside, I estimated on the cautious side of things. I planted 50
pepper and tomato plants knowing only a few would grow. I only got 3
pepper plants in the ground and they are so small I'm not sure I'll
harvest anything. But, tomatoes proved me wrong. I have 14 huge,
flowering, heirloom tomato plants in my garden.
I must have lucked out with good soil. Because I'm not a great
gardener. I don't check the soil, add supplements, plant in neat rows
and meticulously till. And right about now, with the corn and
sunflowers taller then me, the zucchini and watermelon plants sprawling
across the grass, and 14 tomato plants taking over every square inch
they can claim, my garden feels a little like Miss Mouse's garden. A Garden for Miss Mouse
was my favorite book when I was a little girl. I had it memorized and
used to "read" it to anyone willing to listen. Now Little Man loves it,
And I don't care that it is full of weeds. I don't even care if we
don't get any peppers. What I do care about is the summer ritual of
running outside every morning with Little Man to check on the garden and see
what has changed. We both pick through the sugar snap peas looking for
any big enough to eat off the vine.
And I like the unexpected little challenges that arise. Like when a
heavy rain and wind storm knocked over all the corn. We just replanted
the stalks in the ground and Hubs jerry-rigged a rake and a shovel
handle in front of it all to hold it up. So far, so good. The stalks
are still growing, so it must have worked!
I also have no idea what is going on with our broccoli. Little Man picked
out this crazy, pointy and spiral-looking Italian broccoli plant and of
course I threw away the seed packet after planting so I have no idea
when it will be ready. It doesn't look like the picture yet, so I'm
guessing we either messed it up or it isn't ready. Either way, it can
stay put for now.
Even in a little city yard, there is plenty to explore and discover.
I just hope this guy doesn't like tomatoes!