I don’t know if Dutch heritage is enough to create a zest for growing things in a person but I have that desire. So do some of my other Dutch friends so there could be some truth to Dutch people being mad gardeners. I think my gardening passion is starting to border on obsession. That said, what don’t I get obsessed with if I am passionate or excited about it, really? Who am I kidding?
There is so much in life that just starts with what amounts to a seed. An idea might sprout an invention. A chance encounter could sprout a relationship. A dream could create a champion. There is so much hope, vitality and potential packed into a seed. I just love them. Especially special, rare and difficult ones.
This year, my challenge was to grow nothing that didn’t start as a seed. I wasn’t going to buy little plants and nurture them to adulthood… I was starting from scratch. I couldn’t have chosen a worse year to do so. However, like inventions, relationships and competitions sometimes you have success and sometimes you fail. Certainly, this was a year for me of both success and failure.
I started my garden early this year. I had planned well in advance what I wanted to do, prepared my greenhouse, compost, pots, seeds and you name it, I was ready. However, there was no sun. I lost some prized watermelon seeds given to me by my friend Thomas last year because the soil, even in the greenhouse, was too cold. It was a bummer.
Two months after that first planting, I started again. There were a few seedlings that survived the dark spring but the watermelons did not. The cucumbers were not happy. Some of the flowers were okay but not great. Restart in May. When there was still no sun, really, but it was warmer.
Fast forward to August and I have discovered that my cucumbers are just not going to yield what I had hoped for pickles this year. This jar is going to be VALUABLE
Yep that is pretty much it. There are some gherkins out there but I am not sure it is ever going to be worth it. Same goes for the corn and perhaps my red onions. Very average year especially for hot weather plants such as these.
But it wasn’t all failure this year. I did get some wins.