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Garden Perseverance

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Perhaps I painted too gloomy a picture yesterday when I described the woes of home gardening, particularly when the pests have started to gain the upper hand, namely spider mites that are sucking the life out of my gorgeous tomatoes.

I should confess that my garden philosophy follows that of a wise woman who once told me to plant enough for me and the neighbors AND the bugs... and so I usually plant more than I will ever need, even when the pests get bad.

And even though the spider mites are gaining on me, there are plenty of tomatoes, perhaps not always beautifully perfect, but irresistibly tasty none the less.

I'll try to take a photo tomorrow.

And even if all the plants were to die tonight, I would still have had a successful season, maybe not a DREAM season, but

Hey! The wonder of getting ANYTHING edible never gets old... and to harvest really delicious produce is a joy forever!

Saluting home gardeners, usually the most optimistic people in the world!
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F8CONE8 6/21/2013 10:57PM

    Oh it is. I miss my garden this year but it isn't going to happen. I love fresh tomatos and lettuce and radishes and onions lol you understand. Happy Harvest my friend.

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4EVERNESS 6/21/2013 8:00AM

    It's like the miracle of children. The wonder of nature. Planting seeds, watching them grow, caring and nurturing, with the odds of the environment you have to deal with. Not easy work..but so many joys. If it would have been a perfect gardening year, you wouldn't have had so much practical experience to share with others in your blog. I enjoy them, and I'm sure you've helped many newbies to the art. I miss having a garden, but I'm so squirrely, that the rabbits are welcome to the carrots, the broccoli if it looks a little rougher than that I see in the store, I welcome seeing the beautiful yellow blossoms with the sage green foliage...Regardless, it's something to have fun with, and hopefully enhance the food stores...seasoned with beautiful flowers..We are blessed when we can grow things, showing God our appreciation for the wonder of His creation and trying our hand at creativity with it....

One of my grandmother's used to have 3/4 of an acre of garden on their farm, plus the berry patch. I was doing well to have an 8x10 plot that I dug up in the yard by the garage, to give my sense of gardening, and flowerbeds with the landscaping...It was fun..Some differences in the reasons for our gardening..but some of the same joys from it.

Thank you for your wonderful blogs!

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WALLAHALLA 6/21/2013 1:23AM

    I have many memories of working in the garden in the evenings as a child. We would go down the rows with our can of gasoline and pick off the tomato worms and potato bugs. We usually had at least 30 acres of garden.

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JACKSGRAN 6/20/2013 11:59PM

    Well said.

Just enjoy.

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MARIARISS 6/20/2013 11:09PM

    I started my first veggie garden this year and other then tons of green onions I haven't been able to harvest anything. But I will know better on certain things next year. Have a great harvest!
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WEARINGTHIN 6/20/2013 10:52PM

    Almost every year I think of starting a garden. I guess I'm beginning to think it's not in my blood. I'd probably rather invest in a company and see it double that plant a big garden (with all of the labor that goes into it), and only see vegetables for a few months.) (I grew up in residential Detroit. Maybe that has something to do with it.) Best wishes for a great harvest. Glenn

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