The other evening, we made a "spot of tea" and sat in front of the fire. This is a great time to talk about the garden and what we would like to do this summer. We reminisce about past successes and also the flops (which we have had many) yet we still make plans to try, try again. Yes, that is what life is all about, the constant learning of this amazing planet. And we have come to learn that one day we will have the perfect garden. But until that garden appears we appreciate what we have at the moment. Even if there are a lot of flops, they will never douse our enthusiasm for the hope of a better result.
So what are we going to plant? Tomatoes---YES! But as hot as it gets in the south they can split, also the cut worms (we don't use chemicals) how are we going to keep them out? (We have been saving toilet paper tubes to put around the bases). Beans---Yes! What kind? Blue lake pole or bush or both? Squash---Yes! Zucchini, Yellow, Butternut (our favorite and a great success last year), Acorn...maybe? Corn---Yes! Can we find seeds that are gmo free?.......Oh, and definitely eggplant and all kinds of peppers, and one of Mamie's favorites-Pink Eye Purple Hull peas, and okra. We will NOT be planting Brussels Sprouts again as Mamie thinks they taste like the way a baby's diaper smells!
Right now we have a bumper crop of different lettuces, the swiss chard took off like a rocket, our beets and the spring peas are about three inches tall. Exciting!
As you can see we have plenty to talk about. But we always end up talking about our hope, the perfect garden.
And as we talk, Pickles and Stella snooze to the mumbling of our voices and enjoy the warmth of the fire.
But as we talk what do they think about? Maybe lying in the sun on the cool green grass. Or chasing the cat to the other side of the yard. More than likely Stella dreams of catching that squirrel that fusses and teases her with its spinning tail. Perhaps Pickles dreams of playing with her favorite toy in the universe- a Frisbee. But we will never know for sure.
So we sip our tea and wonder .
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