How our garden does grow

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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.

A first fig

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.

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  1. Kim Graves says:


  2. Hope springs eternal; that has to be your motto as a farmer/gardener. If not for this year, then for the next.

  3. Margaret Fisher says:

    You’re waaay ahead of me here in the high desert. Yes, I have tomatoes, peppers, squash, and onions, all doing well, but figs? Not likely . . .

  4. Brooke S says:

    That’s about how I feel right now too. We are in our new place, and this is new soil. I amended as best I could, but we will see. @ Margaret… I too am in the HD in CA. When we were looking at houses I spied two large figs in one of the homes backyards that were so full of fruit they were weighed down. I am going to try one when we get back from a fishing trip next week. Good luck Tamar!

  5. I’m so glad that you have something about which to be cautiously optimistic!

    And by the way, Kevin’s right.

  6. I think the saying goes, “Gardening is an exercise in optimism, the triumph of hope over experience”.

  7. I like Jen’s saying!

    I’m pretty much ridiculously excited about the tiny green tomatoes that are starting on our plants. We live in town and our neighbor has a black walnut tree so we can’t grow tomatoes in the ground. This year is the best they’ve ever done in containers and I’m also cautiously optimistic.

  8. Yup, cautiously optimistic is about right. I always feel like something amazing happened when a plant we grow actually produces food and doesn’t croak.