How long will this last?
Daughter: I think it is time for dessert.
Mother: What do you want?
Daughter: Frozen peas and corn.
Dad: internal laughter threatens to leak out of my head
My daughter asks for all kinds of things for dessert. Carrots, more dinner, even at times broccoli. I am sure we will pay for this later.
Upon our return from St. Louis, my daughter and I found something (I am sure it was squirrels) had attacked our corn. One stalk was down, and one chewed up. That left three ears of the multi-colored corn left to harvest. Only one of them was close to being ready, but once something decides it has found food, there is no point in trying to let the rest of the crop ripen. So we got three ears from five stalks. They were majestic, tall stalks. We have yet to harvest the popcorn, but it has yet to be eaten.
The sunflowers, three of those survived, are flowering, too. They are so tall; Jack would look at them as a possible substitute for his beanstalk.
In Boston, we have had a stretch of cold, rainy weather. Many people gripe about it, but I see it in several ways. First, this is New England, and this is the weather that is normal. If I get bent out of shape by it being how it normally is, I am setting myself for being bent out of shape on a regular basis. Another way of looking at the cool, rainy weather is from the perspective of being out in it and observing what it does. The plants love it, the birds sing loudly in it, and the earth surges with life. For this, I love the cool and the rain.
And my garden loves it, too! Strangely, the peas are not thriving this year, but I am sure we will get something from them. The beets and carrots look like they’ll put something out. We might get five or six beets. The corn and sunflowers are growing very nicely. We have ornamental corn and strawberry popcorn growing. I am excited for those, and so is my daughter. These are seeds she selected at the store, and she regularly stops in to see how the plants are growing. Also, some plant grew out of the compost I put in the ground, so I am letting it grow. I think it will be some sort of squash or melon. We’ll see.
The beets have gorgeous leaves
The peas are flowering
The corn grows tall
So do the sunflowers. Need to tie them up soon.
Frilly carrot tops!
Who is this?
It seems like yesterday, but it was a week or two when we planted these seeds during a playdate. Now they are pushing against the plastic cover and begging to get into the ground. I guess I know one of the things we will do over the weekend. Corn and sunflowers. Probably these are seeds best sown in the ground, but the fun of seeing them poke up through the soil is too great to pass. The peppers and squash have yet to pop up.
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