This is a very strange spring. I have foot high corn and foot-across squash but hardly any of the typical spring crops. There’s a few heads of lettuce, and peas of course, but for the most part when I should have been most focused on putting in more complete spring garden I was instead mucking out and threatening to torch layers of acquired crap from inside my home.
I can tell things have suffered because my attention was elsewhere for those critical several weeks in March and early April. I look out at the spring garden and see runty cabbages, weedy beds and not particularly inspiring pockets of fresh greens. There are no beets, no turnips and no radishes. Three chard seedlings finally decided to pop up and maggots are eating my broccoli.
But you know what? It’ll be just fine. The herbs are still going crazy, the trees are still making fruit, the beans are climbing the trellis. New beds I built and filled with half-rotted compost are bursting forth with kale and broccoli raab I never planted.
I stuck three squash seeds into that same half-finished compost and an entire army of mystery squashes showed up. I should thin, but since I have no idea what is growing I’m holding off – half paralyzed with indecision and half fascinated to wait and see what strange squash throwbacks I might be unwittingly growing. My neighbor once let a volunteer squash go and got a winter squash that tasted like cucumber! What fun. Gardening: life laughing, in slow motion.
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How does your garden grow?