from sky to seed

Update: container gardens

Between April and November, magazines likes Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens have covers that make me feel as insecure now as fashion magazines did when I was in my teens.

Not because my body jiggles in all the places that most bodies jiggle, but because I seem to have sub-standard skills when it comes to “making my front porch look inviting” or “designing simple-and-easy fall displays!”

But now I fake it. Oh yes, I fake it like a pro. I buy the skinny jeans in fabrics that hide cellulite. I’ve semi-mastered the art of contour make-up. I buy pre-planted containers at obscene prices at hardware stores, and I don’t bat an eye at taking credit for it when people compliment my lovely displays.

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And when they fail? I secretly throw them away. Only the cats know, and they don’t really care. Well, Jon knows, and he teases me, but I can take it.

A couple weeks ago, I blindly planted some pretty containers and pots. Did I know what I was doing?

No. Not really.

(Do I ever know what I am doing? No. Not really.)

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But still, I keep doing. And here’s what happened. Those sweet little seeds came up, thank God. I would write, Can you believe it?! but I do believe it. The test isn’t coaxing that stuff out of the ground, but in keeping it alive long enough to actually get it to my dinner table.

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So far so good. It’s growing. It’s starting to resemble salad leaves and bush beans and the tender vines that eventually release snow peas.

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I’m a big fan of planting things densely and thinning as I go (how do you think you get baby greens?), so I’ve shamelessly inserted broccoli and cauliflower plugs as I go.

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Now what? We pray, folks. Pray hard.

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