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For the good of all, it has to happen

Category: Liberty's "Victory" Garden | Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:17 am

I was able to get out to the garden for a good hour of weeding tonight. I'm really pleased with how things are growing. My mystery squash looks great. I may be getting some blossoms on my tomato plant in the next day or two. My corn is doing wonderfully. And the pumpkin finally seems to be taking off after adding some composted manure.

But as I was weeding, a dire revelation formed.

It's time to start thinning. It's hard to do. I've been nurturing these plants since they were seeds. I've watered and provided tender, loving care. I've weeded over and over again. I've fed and caressed their soft, baby smooth leaves. We don't have kids yet (we only passed six months of marriage) and probably won't for awhile. These veggies have become my kids.

My husband is far more callous about it. "Just pull the darn things. Do you want me to do it?"

No. This is something the mother gardener must do. Yes, tomorrow, for the good of the garden, I will go out and do my duty...

... and then make my husband take me out to dinner so he can console me for my loss.

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Frank wrote on Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:31 am:

Indeed it is hard to do. That better be a mighty tasty dinner!


Sjoerd wrote on Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:57 am:

Of course its hard to do...and I think that most of on here share this know what you are feeling exactly. It is NEVER easy.

I have two ways of thinning--I pull out the unwanted ones or I clip them off at soil level.

What the plants are determines which method I use.

And you know what, Lib--I do not always throw away the "unwanted" ones. Sometimes I just transplant them to another bed, sometimes I pot them up and sometimes I do a walk-about on the lottie complex and give them away--it is rare that I just throw the extra's away....but sometimes I do.

My little trick to not feel so bad about it is giving them away or transplanting them--somehow it is so much easier then.

Good luck and here's wishing you strength when the day of the "Great Cull" arrives.


eileen wrote on Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:57 am:

Thinning out is the one job I hate doing too Liberty. It seems so cruel somehow to rip young plants from the ground and kill them. I now give them away to friends and neighbours as it makes me fell less of a murderer. We gardeners can be real softies can't we? LOL

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