|It won't be long now!|
Last year's garden was a dismal failure. Maybe it was because of the extreme heat. Or, perhaps, my heart just wasn't in it. Either way, the phrase "be fruitful and multiply" did not describe my gardening prowess last year. So this year I debated some time before deciding whether to try, try again. Ultimately, the part of me that can't abide failure decided that I would once again try to grow vegetables. Nothing fancy. Just a few tomato plants, a couple of hills of squash, and some pepper plants. A small, modest, manageable garden.
So what did I end up with? An unlucky thirteen tomato plants, six hills of zucchini, and way more pepper plants than I'll ever use.
Which poses the question: Why do I keep doing this to myself?
I know. I know. When these puppies start coming on and I've got fresh tomatoes for bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches and I pair them up with corn on the cob, and I've got zucchini to grill or make bread with, it will all have been worth it.
And while we're on the subject of the great out of doors, I thought this was kind of freaky. I'm a big walker. I take a pretty ambitious walk every day--sometimes twice a day. I'm fortunate that I live very near a facility that has huge, towering trees and nice wide sidewalks and is generally deserted in the early morning and the evenings. The morning following a storm complete with thunder and lightning and very loud, very close BOOMS!, I took my walk and noticed tons of shredded bark along one section. Being the clever, observant former cop type that I am, I discovered that one of the trees had been struck by lightning and apparently the force of the lightning sent long strips and chunks of the tree bark up to fifty feet from the tree. Here's the tree:
Any gardeners out there? How does your garden grow? :) And anybody have any storm/lightning experiences to share?
Me? It's a hundred degrees here again today. I'm off to water my plants.