Trying to See PlantsPosted: June 13, 2010
>Today, we went to Lowe’s. We got lots and lots of pots, huge bags of dirt and some tools. Our new house has a garden out back–er, rather, about 300 square feet of dirt which we hope to eventually make into a garden. (Is a garden a place, or a place-in-progress, or does it matter?)
As I said to my friend Nick, “I don’t really see plants.” Which is to say that, yes, I see them, but I don’t really register them as something I’m interested in. Does that sound crazy? Since I’m a person who spends his weekends at work in a place overtaken by the glorious bounty of the earth? I can’t remember the kinds of things that each of them needs. Lots of water or not much water? Lots of sun or shade? And what is partial sun? And remembering to pick and prune and cut and all that, I just can’t figure any of it out.
Thank goodness for Kip. He has put everything that I bring home into the kind of container it likes, seems to know what they will need when they need it, and hasn’t complained at all when I bring home strange things like . (I am not as easy-going when it comes to, well, okay, everything.) We don’t want to put anything into the ground that we plan to eat–who knows what’s gone on back here for the last fifty years–so for the time being it’s all in pots. Eventually, we hope to rip up this strange material the previous tenants put over the ground, and figure out what to do with the space. Decking? Chairs? Planting boxes? A pool?
Here’s what we’re growing so far: Green Grape Tomatoes, some other kind of tomato, Peppers (red and yellow, shishito, orange thai, serrano, poblano), Genovese basil, sweet thai basil, French and lime thyme, French tarragon, rosemary, cucumbers, lavender, Turkish parsley, Crimson Climber Morning Glory, Moonflower, and Giant Salmon Rose Zinnias. Does that sound like a lot?