May 21, 2010
Twelve Slightly Useless Lessons from the Garden
There are snakes out there. Don't kill the snakes, People! They are good and helpful creatures. R took this photo on his hike up the hill last weekend.
Here are a few other things I've learned while trying to become one with the earth:
1. One person's weed is another person's flower.
2. Beautiful things can grow in really bad soil and a lot of rocks.
3. Some plants really do return after the snow melts, but not all of them.
4. Those little plastic six packs are meant to be torn open, otherwise
one might end up beheading the flowers before they're planted.
6. Rooty veggies should be planted during a waning moon
and above-ground veggies during a waxing moon. I don't know why.
7. Frost happens.
8. Pressure treated wood is evil.
9. While nasturiums grow like weeds in California, not so much in Massachusetts
(see #3)-- plus, all that rain = more leaves, fewer flowers.
10. One's fingernails may fill with dirt even when wearing gardening gloves.
11. That weed prevention cloth may be handy, but digging through it is a bitch.
12. Marigolds smell like being four years old and may bring tears to one's eyes--
Ok, maybe that's just me. What's your nostalgic scent?