If there’s a garden jinx, I’m about to bring it down on my head. I’m going to say it out loud. As we head toward mid-summer, there are plants in our garden that actually look like they might, some days soon, yield food.
The squash plants have blossoms. The pepper plants have tiny little proto-peppers. The tomato plants have green fruits beginning to ripen.
The onion tops have stopped growing which means, I’m told, that all the onion energy is being directed to making bulbs. The mache and Chinese cabbage seeds I started in our hydroponic system are sprouting. The fig tree has a handful of pea-size figs. Even the beets are showing hints of actually generating beets.
We won’t discuss the eggplant.
“I know I shouldn’t say this,” I told Kevin as we surveyed the garden, “But I’m cautiously optimistic.”
“That’s as good as gardening ever gets,” he said.