Every year we face this dilemma.
What to plant, how to plant, why plant?
And every year, we make the decision to ...plant. Except two summers ago, right after we put the farm up for sale. I mean why bother going to the trouble of planting when some lovely young couple with buckets of money and enthusiasm, not to mention strong backs, would just buy the place immediately?
Ah, the hallucinations we were enjoying back then. But then last summer, when the farm was on the market for a year we figured we might as well plant the garden. Just one more asset to show the fine young couple with buckets of money,loads of enthusiasm and strong backs.
Then we were blessed with the drought. Veggies died almost as fast as they shot up through the soil. Evergreen trees screamed out loud as they shriveled up in sets of three. We even installed a nice porch swing near the garden so we could watch Mother Earths destructive ways up close.
But NOW, it's different. Although we seriously do have one young couple with loads of enthusiasm, and strong backs who are seriously interested. (They are working on the minor "buckets of money" detail) we know there is still a chance we'll be here long enough to be buried in that Secret Garden I planted last year.
Thusly, the veggie garden planting has commenced but without any serious plans. When I go through the kitchen, I grab a pack of seeds and I bury the boogers somewhere out there. I plant a few seeds too. I no longer care if it's too early for some veggies and too late for others, I am just planting. I don't care if Marigolds prefer to be on the outside and garlic prefers to be by tomatoes, I am just planting. I don't care that the garden has not yet been plowed for the season, I just dig as I go, because I am just planting.
Maybe we'll sell the farm, maybe not. Maybe we'll get adequate rain, maybe not. Maybe the sun will suck up every drop of moisture like last year, maybe not. All we really truly need is peas because that is what the GK's have asked for. Anything else would be a well appreciated bonus.
Basically, all we are saying is....Give Peas a Chance...