Growing things is an art form. And, I’m not generally considered an artist.
We go to our local farmers market. Or, we hit up the produce section of our favorite grocery store. There it is. All nicely arranged, displayed like it was just dropped in from above, no effort at all. Ready for us to enjoy. The reality is nothing like that. Farming is hard.
Here’s a quick update from the “farm”. Weeds 10, Edible Stuff 1. That’s not a good score. Not by any measure. One thing I’ve learned from my first few weeks of farming, I’m great at growing things that aren’t supposed to be there (aka weeds). Let’s take a look at my progress.
These are my weeds. They’re plentiful. I wish they were a cash crop. They’re not. It’s amazing how fast those buggers grow. Even unassisted. There are some tomato plants in the back row, but, mostly weeds.
Here’s the ONLY piece of uplifting news on the weed scene…
These are my next neighbors weeds. He has outdone even me in the weed growing department. You can see my plot in the upper left corner of the picture. He has me beat. Here’s the only thing that bothers me. I think his plot is totally UNATTENDED, whereas mine, I’m actually farming. That’s deflating.
Let’s look at another example of my farming prowess.
Here’s my lettuce. Bibb to be exact. This is three weeks after planting.
Here’s my neighbors lettuce. No, the other neighbor, not the one with the weeds. Yikes! I thought I was doing great just getting my seeds to sprout. On the other hand, my neighbor can actually make a salad. A little discouraging.
All is not terrible out at the plot.
Here is one of my tomato plants. It’s really growing! Doing great as a matter of fact. Little flowers and everything. There may still be hope for something edible springing from my dirt this year.
The tomatoes have me hopeful. I don’t want to scrap the rest of the growing season. I’m not calling it quits on everything else just yet. I have a plan. And, it involves eight pieces of lumber and sixteen cubic feet of top soil, compost and other organic growing material.
Details to follow…