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Gardening x2 for the Week
So my new friend, Mallory, and her husband have been a blessing as friends. Mally and I have been sharing the work between our two gardens. She and her husband only live a mile away, so we don't even need to get into the car to visit. It's a nice walk.
But this week, my gardening work has doubled. Mally and her husband have left for a week to visit family. So it's up to me to keep both gardens growing. This may prove to be very interesting. We both over-planted zucchini and both gardens are getting ready to get crazy on producing, probably this week. Now I not only had to figure out what to do with mine but with hers, as well.
Leave it to the hubby, who'll wash spider guts off my leg but won't help with the weeding, to come up with a simple answer. Mallory is a baker, much more so than I could ever be. We have the giant freezer in our basement with all sorts of room. Simply shred the zucchini from both gardens, and bag it all. Label one bag with "Libby" and every other bag with "Mally." Stick them all in our freezer (we'll have room). She'll have all the zucchini she needs come winter time.
I don't want to make this a "grass is greener on the other side" blog entry, but I've noticed a few interesting things about our gardens. We live only a mile apart and pretty much have the same soil, have done the same watering, feed and weeded just as much, and yet...
- Mally's tomatoes are almost as tall as I am, mine don't even reach my waist (but are producing nonetheless).
- Mally's cucumbers are spreading out all over the place and have gone into salads. Mine have done nothing.
- My pumpkins are all over the place. Mally's look like my cucumbers
- Mally's peppers look wonderful. I'm still wondering where my peppers are
- My corn is fantastic. Mally doesn't think her corn is going to produce at all.
I don't see these differences as problems or items of frustration or pride. Instead they just go to show the unpredictability of the gardening world. It's only my first year of gardening and I can already see that.
Now, I'm off to go weed and water my second garden today (and if she has any ripe tomatoes... I may just have to "borrow" them).
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Maybe you and Mally can sit down together and make a list of how you both do the same tasks in the garden. Maybe she will look at your garden and see some things that are doing better than her garden. Combine both lists for a master list of excellent practices :)