from sky to seed

Spring update!

Snow peas, doin’ the jitterbug! I love the way they curl. They’re just begging to be staked, aren’t they?

Has it really been ten days since my last post?

Tsk tsk.

I’ve been neglectful of the writing, but not the garden. I’m out there just about every single day, mostly just weeding and planting, and you can only take so many pictures of that activity before it starts looking like everything else. On top of that, I was naughty last month and put off too much of my freelance work until the deadline, so I was working under the gun on projects that actually pay. Hurray!

But….

There’s also this: The knowledge that while working in the garden sometimes be an enormous pain in the ass, there’s something so therapeutic about that silent labor, especially when other matters are weighing heavily on your mind.

But that’s another post all together, one that I’m not quite ready to articulate just yet.

Here are the fruits of my labors, so far:

Red and yellow lettuces. Notice the gaps? For some reason, those seeds didn't germinate. No worries, though. I planted marigolds in their places. Contrary to all bad predictions, the deer haven't touched 'em! I credit the smelly marigolds.

Red and yellow lettuces. Notice the gaps? For some reason, those seeds didn’t germinate. No worries, though. I planted marigolds in their places. Contrary to all bad predictions, the deer haven’t touched ’em! I credit the smelly marigolds.

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

I really think these are just incredibly beautiful. So lush!

I really think these are just incredibly beautiful. So lush!

I border the garden with flowers to attract insects and butterflies. Plus, it just looks pretty!

I border the garden with flowers to attract insects and butterflies. Plus, it just looks pretty!

Wee little corns. These took FOREVER to germinate, and they are growing so slowly... don't know why just yet. Maybe too wet.

Wee little corns. These took FOREVER to germinate, and they are growing so slowly… don’t know why just yet. Maybe too wet.

Lemon cucumbers. They look like melon seedlings when they first pop up out of the ground. Just about all of my melons and cucumbers are up by now.

Lemon cucumbers. They look like melon seedlings when they first pop up out of the ground. Just about all of my melons and cucumbers are up by now.

None of the eggplants I tried from seed made it, so I ended up buying from Lowe's. Oddly (er... unsurprisingly?), these are literally the ONLY plants to be affected by insects so far. Meet the flea beetle. Diatomaceous Earth takes care of them pretty well, but it's tough to keep up when it rains constantly and washes it away.

None of the eggplants I tried from seed made it, so I ended up buying from Lowe’s. Oddly (er… unsurprisingly?), these are literally the ONLY plants to be affected by insects so far. Meet the flea beetle. Diatomaceous Earth takes care of them pretty well, but it’s tough to keep up when it rains constantly and washes it away.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how things are coming along.

Except for one thing.

There’s always just one thing, right?

My beef is that… well… I’m just about the only recreational gardener I know who grows from seed (it’s a lonely old country out here in rural Missouri!), which means everybody else goes to the store and buys plants. I’m not looking down on that tactic at all — especially after putting so much energy into tomato seedlings — but I have to admit, it’s disheartening to look around other people’s gardens and see how much farther along their crops are compared to mine, because the plants they’ve purchased were likely started indoors far ahead of time.

I’m just being a whiner, I suppose. The toddler in me wants to stamp the ground and cry out, “It’s not fair!” But, of course, that’s silly.

So rather than focusing on the irritation, let’s focus on the remedy.

How can I make my plants grow faster without A) Sacrificing their strength (I worry that encouraging them to grow too fast might weaken the stems or ability to naturally fight pests, etc.), and B) Using only organic methods?

I get too overwhelmed when I use Google.

Please, tell me!

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