Last weekend, I planted seeds, and today I just got done planting seedlings. I planted three each of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and yellow squash.
Then I wanted to hover and chant, “Grow… grow… GROW!!!”
It’s fun to watch the plants go. On Thursday, I watered a bit and found that the first sprouts from seeds were just barely visible above the dirt as curled up green leaves. I guessed that those were the fast radishes instead of the slower carrots but couldn’t tell. Eight hours later, I walked back out. Those curled up green leaves were now uncurled, in pairs, and the radishes (for sure) were now half an inch high. Cool.
“But what about deer?”, people ask.
Others warn “the bugs will get them.”
Still other people say, “One bad hail storm this summer, and it’s all gone.”
My ideal house does include fencing that’s three feet taller than the world record for Animal Olympic Deer Standing Jump. And more knowledge of what to plant with vegetables to discourage bugs (marigolds, for example, discourage one pest that gets on tomatoes.) While I’m at it, I might as well wish for a perfect summer with no hailstorms.
Right now, however, I’ve planted enough to lose some and still have plenty. And while that’s not perfect or guaranteed, it’s what I can do. Even my small patio behind the apartment would easily grow a lot more, but I’ve used all the containers I own so far, and it seems enough.