Unseasonably cold weather has hit us again this week. It can't seem to make it above 65F, when we should be enjoying temperatures in the 80s. It's also windy and rainy. It sprinkles just enough to moisten the soil, then the wind blows 18-30 miles per hour and dries up all the moisture. After the growth spurt the garden took last week, this week it's just in a state of suspended growth, so there really isn't anything for me to do....I can't even find a weed to pull. Sad, huh?
I found the following, in an email newsletter from a seed company, rather humorous:
"Finding a good location in your yard is probably the most important step in creating a good pepper garden. Peppers are sun lovers and prefer a full sun to produce the best tasting tomatoes."
Just think of all these years I've wasted, growing tomato plants for my tomatoes.
A few weeks ago, I bought some pansies for my front porch planters. Alicyn, my three year old granddaughter, was here visiting, so I let her "help" with the planting. It seemed like a good time to give her the responsibility of caring for a plant of her own, so I found a pretty little pot and, with her help, we planted a pretty yellow pansy in it for her to take home.
She took the plant home, and put it in her play house, where it went without water until it died. When she found it dead she carried it out to her Mother and said "Take it to Grandma. She has special plant medicine".
The next day, while Alicyn was at daycare, Amy brought the pot over to me. I dug up one of my yellow pansies, which had grown quite a bit larger than the original, and potted it up. I picked off all but one of the blossoms, to make it look a bit more like the one that had died, but I told Amy to tell Alicyn that my special plant medicine just fixed the plant so that it grew bigger this time.
When presented with the new healthy plant, Alicyn declared "This is the best day EVER! Grandma is the best fixer in the whole WORLD!"
That probably wasn't the best way to teach a child about gardening, but what can I say? I'm easy.