Sunday, January 7, 2018

Impatience


Now I understand the Mama's impatience about planting her vegetable garden. During her last several years, she was sowing seeds into the ground earlier each year. April, March, even February.

Some years, the Husband and I didn't even get the chance to turn over the ground and work in compost and bags of top soil, which meant she got less yield. On one hand that was okay because how much bittermelon can I eat, as no one else would. On the other hand, we had less squash, tomatoes, beans, and her Filipino vegetables to eat, requiring us to head over to the Marina farmer's market every so Sunday. Except for the traffic that was a fun outing for the three of us.

Supposedly I must wait until after the last frost to sow the flower seeds I gathered last year, along with that big packet of wildflower seeds I bought last Spring. Part of me says to put some in the ground now so that they can benefit from the rain the Farmer's Almanac says we'll be getting this month.

I've already begun to propagate rosemary and Marguerite daisy branches. The experts say this is not the time, but I've put some in a glass of water with half an aspirin anyway. Maybe roots will grow. I hope so. The rosemary bushes are about 20 years old and the daisies are probably 12 to 15 years old. They're getting sparse. I can simply purchase new plants, I know, but, it turns out I've inherited the mad horticulturist genes of the Mama.


I'm linking up with All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh at Artworks from Jesh St.G. Click here to check out Jesh and her meme. For the participants list, click here. Thanks, Jesh!



18 comments:

  1. I am sure you inherit all of the Mama's good traits ... and I consider your gardening skills one of the best. You want to save those seeds as long as you can I'm sure because each flower will be a little reminder of how she saved those seeds .... Happy New Year... it sounds like it is off to a great start.

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    1. Thanks, Sallie. I have 3 shelves full of jars of seeds the Mama saved. This morning I found more behind the couch. Not sure what to do with them all.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Hopefully come Spring they'll find places in the yard.

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  3. I didn't know you could do that with rosemary!

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    1. Me, either. Let's see if it works, knock on wood.

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  4. Oh I envy you. I spent 15 years in my last home working the beds. It is difficult here in South Texas. In this new place I do not have much room, and the soil has not been amended at all...I am a wee bit older now to dig in this heavy caliche.

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    1. Micaela, hope you can find someone to help you dig. I can't do much heavy digging either

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  5. Such lovely way to remember your mama! I think it is great to cultivate your own plants in the vegetable garden. Wonderful start in the New Year!... A very Happy New Year!

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  6. The half aspirin I got to remember! Yes, now your Mama is not here, it comes out more that you have inherited some beautiful things from her! Thanks for sharing your inheritance with us at All Seasons! Have a great horticulturist's week:)
    You're welcome, doing All Seasons has turned out one of these blessings that got me to know more people, and much more of different cultures:)

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    1. The aspirin is an experiment. I figure since I add aspirin to a vase of flowers and I read somewhere that aspirin works as a root hormone, why not give it a try.

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  7. Love the purple flowers and the pretty blue vase :)

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    1. Those be the daisies. Both them and the rosemary are sitting in the Mama's water glasses. I'm trying to think of ways to repurpose the glasses.

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  8. Interesting about the aspirin ... perhaps the Mama was in a hurry to get those seeds into the ground just in case she wasn't around, (in her physical body at least :) ) to see them flower and/or produce.

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    1. I read that aspirin can be used as a plant root hormone so I thought I'd give it a try. I have added aspirin to a vase of flowers. It does keep them happy longer.

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  9. Love that you have the green thumb like your mom. I hope they do sprout roots and I’m certain you will.

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    1. I didn't know how much I enjoyed gardening until the Husband and I moved into a house with a big yard when we first got together over 20 years ago. But it isn't until now that I've got the time to experiment, like the Mama. lol

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)