Gardening is Fun and Funny

The morning garden greeted me with sparkling dew, like “diamonds on the ground” as Rob Thomas sings. The tiny white spiders had connected the dots between plants, and a slight breeze made the webs all shimmer. Pollinators swarmed the aster bushes, and yellow jackets did their zigzag hunting maneuvers down the pathways.

The fallen grapes attracted flies, wasps and bees. It was so busy I had to sit down and watch for awhile. Cabbage moths fluttered and Dragonflies streaked. Sparrows landed, danced a little then left. I might have made them nervous. I would build a garden just for the entertainment.

All the flowers in my garden have gone to seed and sprouted a new generation. It seem like a waste of seed since freezing winter is approaching, but mother nature let’s nothing go to waste. The dead plants will help feed my buddies the microbes through the winter. I could rake them up and put straw on the ground for aesthetic reasons, or just leave them there and cover them with straw.

Spinach seeds need a cold spell before they will germinate which sounds like a good plan to me. Some pine seeds won’t germinate until after a fire which reminds me that the diversity in nature is overwhelming and although all the bases are covered we sometimes don’t even know who’s on first.

I used to read Organic Gardening magazine way back when Mike McGrath was the editor. He thought gardening was fun and funny so he added humor to all the articles. I think old stogies thought he was taking the “serious” art of gardening too lightly and pushed him out. I stopped reading it shortly thereafter.

Organic Gardening seems to have increased in popularity back then because all us poor people were trying to see how much produce we could grow from little to no cost. Hence making manure tea instead of buying fish emulsion, using empty egg cartons to start seeds, and recycling popsicle sticks for plant markers. There were endless possibilities, and got a bit ridiculous at times, but these days it’s more about saving the planet than the pocketbook.

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