I’ve weeded once. It’s rained 3 times since then. I can hear our plants calling out for help as they get crowded out by the faster growing crab grass and weeds – or maybe that’s my guilty imagination.
I’m glad we got it planted reasonably early this year, and as in most things I attempt, I’m not all that enthusiastic about the work, but I do enjoy the harvest.
I’ve also learned to not trust our plants no matter how well we take care of them, and having to compete with the bugs and other critters. The blight took all our beautiful, plentiful, tomatoes last year, and several cucumbers, and peas failed to thrive too. The carrots were a bitch to weed and thin, and their yield barely made up for the back-numbing, knee-wrecking work.
Makes you want to run right out and start a garden, doesn’t it?
I do enjoy knowing where and how my food was grown, and that we’re growing organically – no toxic pesticides or GMO’s for us! I understand the world is full of pesticides and pollution – we can’t escape it all – but I’m not going to help Monsanto or Syngenta, et, al., in any way possible.
Geneticist friends insist GMO’s on their face are bio-identical, but I’ll not have fish genes in my tomatoes – thanks. I’ll deal with the disappointment of blight and learn how to better care for them without trying to pretend I know better than billions of years of evolution because when geneticists say no negatives were found in test studies, it’s because negatives were not tested for. That makes a neat solution, but not a livable one.
People can read all the pro and con literature and raw data and make up their minds, or trust that geneticists have their back and don’t need to pander to their funders in any way…
Our garden grows regardless of the tending, I know, but our care, along with nature’s course, will show our final yield.
In the meantime, on we go, bug hats, water, music, and mulch.
Cheers and all the best to the gardeners out there – reluctant or not!
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