Wednesday, September 29, 2010

biobabbler breakthrough: a fall/winter garden is nigh!

Believe it or not, I was actually able to pull living plants OUT OF THE GROUND. That is, vegetable garden plants I'd put there--I yanked 'em.

The proof:

still beautiful...

I also pulled some squash plants--chucked them into the chicken yards.

before squash plant yanking...


And then I planted fall/winter plant seeds.






Really, this is huge.

When I was about 8 years old, we went to a church auction/yard sale thingy, and I bought about 18,000 coleus plants. Took them all home and clustered all the colorful, clay-potted lovelies on our porch.

One morning on my way out the door to school, I looked tenderly at my little plants, and saw that one of them had been knocked over. Plant was snapped in two, dead.

I lost it. I cried and cried and cried. (gee, and she became a conservation biologist?? shocking).

Anyhow, unless it's non-native and (by implication) trying to kill all non-natives and basically ruin the Earth, it's very hard for me to pull it.

So, I'm VERY proud of myself today. =)

So, in the shot above you can see where I planted "beet mix" (since I like color and hate agonizing over decisions), and below you can see where I planted Russian red kale,

where only weeds grew until last week,

and pak choi,
where minutes before stood (drooping and drying out) lemon sunflowers.

So, now I have 3 different types of baby plants to look forward to, in addition to monitoring the continuing progress of our TINY broccoli.


Rewarded for bravery.

in loving memory



  1. Congratulations! I do believe that my clay has hardened so much around any plant that I have in my garden that I can't yank anything until the first soaking rain. You seem to be blessed with the courage to do it and the soil that allows it, what a fortunate combination.

  2. Hi BB - wow - that is a superb memorium sunflower shot and loved the story of your tears over the knocked up Coleus.


  3. Glad you were able to overcome your aversion :D

  4. What a wonderful feeling having those new beginnings and fresh earth at this time of year. I should follow your lead and plant garlic. I know the rabbits will not eat that! Great shot of your once sunflowers. ;>)

  5. @ everyone: I don't know if it's biorhythms or the fact that I gardened a tiny bit this a.m. or that there's actually HUMIDITY in the air and it may not be 100 dF but I think it's ALL of your comments have rendered me in such a good mood this a.m. =) Thanks! perky, perky, perky. A good morning to roll out, cut, and bake gingerbread creatures. =)


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