Our gardening adventures are not always very successful if you value production – most of our crops tend to fail. Sometimes it is weather, sometimes it is insects, often we don’t know the cause. Our beans and grains have been our most plentiful crops but even they have failed a few times. Other crops like our sunflowers and zucchini were fabulous the first time we tried them but we’ve never been able to repeat that. Luckily we prefer the process over the product and every year we are stubbornly optimistic that this year we will have the best garden ever.
As usual, this year we started some seeds early – tomatoes, peppers, purple tomatillo, spaghetti squash, sweet dumpling squash, and zucchini – to give them a head start indoors before transplanting outdoors. We usually plant dozens of each of the seed types we would like to grow in hopes that at least one of each plant will survive to maturity.
We always have beans, peas, grains and various herbs in our garden. Some of the bulkier plants we plant in my daughter’s yard – it is about a five minute walk away but there is more room there for the plants to spread. We make many trips over to weed and prepare the garden bed.
There is also time to engage in another one of the toddlers favorite activities – running circles around the fire pit;
Last week we took the somewhat sad looking seedlings over to plant in the garden;
It always feels like a parade when my little troupe crosses the busy intersection carrying all our tools and supplies. The drivers and passengers in all the cars seem very amused. This week we headed back to water the seedlings again…..I could only find four out of the dozens we planted?!?!
The children were happy to water the four teeny, tiny seedlings and the empty patches of soil and of course they also ran circles. I was quite perplexed about the plants. Back home I told my husband about our ‘missing’ crop. There were no wilted remnants of dead plants – I couldn’t explain what happened to the seedlings. My husband replied “Probably rabbits ate them”…..
Great, yet another threat to our crops. Least they could have done was stay to play with us. Good thing we’re persistent.