It happened again.
Just like clockwork, this time of year my garden magically gets planted while I am off doing something (or in bed!).
How do you get this magical, wonderful fairy to appear?!
Well…this was my method….
Ever since we moved into the family farmhouse, I lucked out in the yard lottery, as the lawn and flowerbeds are gorgeous. This is fantastic for me because I do not own a green thumb, I like to plant and fugetaboutit. Give me something beautiful that grows in hot, dry conditions, that grow year after year all by itself, that likes to spread and fill a flowerbed, and I am in love. I will weed and water…but anything that requires maintenance above and beyond that = bad luck for the plants.
Sunflowers are my absolute favourite and nothing makes me happier (garden wise) than a bunch of random growing sunflowers in a flower bed. This, however, makes my farmer husband’s skin crawl. He can’t sleep at night knowing that outside things are growing and they aren’t in a straight line….I like chaos and he does not. I like random and he does not. I like wild and he DOES NOT…so, you can see where this is going! I plant wildflower seeds by throwing them in the general direction of the dirt…then I hide the packages so that my secret will stay just that until they turn into lovely romantic flowers…
My husband then, just as secretly, while I am away from home, sprays my flowers into submission…
“I just thought they were all weeds…” is his common line of defence.
And the garden….
I attempted to plant this by myself our first year here.
I spent hours out in the freshly rota-tilled dirt, happily planting stuff willy-nilly, and then proudly announced my accomplishment at dinner that night. My husband visibly cringed and then patted me on the back. “Good for you honey!” and went back to eating.
A few minutes later, “I’m sure you remembered to put the rows wide enough for the rota-tiller, right?”
“You know, so that we can rota-till most of the weeds and then you only will have to weed the rows.”
“You will have to weed the garden you know…how many rows did you do?”
“Ummm…4 rows of corn, 3 of carrots, 4 of peas, 2 lettuce, 3 green beans, 5 zucchini plants and 24 hills of potatoes.”
Needless to say…I had planted enough to feed 9 families and did not leave room to rota-till between the rows. The rest of that year I ended up ignoring the 4 foot high weeds, ran in, picked my veggies and ran out.
And my husband religiously avoided that area of the yard all summer.
I have yet to plant a garden since, because somehow, magically, every spring, my garden plants itself while I am away. And in beautiful straight lines with the perfect amount of rota-till-able space between each row.
And so easy to weed!