Rooting for the underdogs

May 14, 2009 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

You gotta love John Valentine, one of my favorite columnists in The Independent, especially when he waxes eloquent about his garden. Savor the latest:

“The Better Boys and Big Beefs are doing just fine.  You could probably just toss a few German Johnsons out the kitchen window and come back in 72 days to a thriving green and red mountain of homegrown tomatoes.I know those plants will survive; they always do.

But each morning, I first look at the fruits and vegetables that haven’t yet fully embraced this Carolina gardening season. There’s a mound of cucumbers that’s taking the longest time to feel comfortable.Planted two weeks ago, our World Series peanuts are just peeking out of the soil. The curly leaf parsley and cilantro also took their time before deciding to join the party.

You can’t fault the eagerness of sunflowers and yellow squash. I cast their seeds randomly, raked over some topsoil and didn’t even bother to water them. Four days later those tiny seedlings were reaching for the sky.

Morning in the garden, with a fresh cup of coffee. That’s when it’s all worth noticing. The symmetry of the round drops of dew on the ends of each tomato leaf. The new light green leaves on the peppers, the cobweb bridges between the rows and tomato cages…..”

Read the rest of John’s column here.

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