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gardening; history and wishes, magic / worries about my trees


Until I was 8 years old, my parents had a huge vegetable garden. Not one of those puny 6-foot-square ones, but one that was about 3/4ths the length of our doublewide trailer, and just as wide. We had corn, green beans, all kinds of peppers, okra, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and more (I can't remember it all). I'm not really sure how my parents (mostly Pat -- M did the tilling and Pat did most everything else) managed to make it all grow in red clay (without using compost!!!), but they did. I loved walking among the rows, especially when the corn was tall enough to give shade (I lived about three hours south of where I do now -- 10 degrees hotter, most days). I found it absolutely magical that you could put seeds in the dirt and get food! And Pat made the most amazing pickles (both dill and bread-n-butter, mmm) and pepper sauce from them.

Later we moved away from deep country to the suburbs and my parents became more concerned with making the front yard look 'pretty' than with growing food. M would till, and I would be assigned tasks like picking rocks out of the tilled soil, hauling dirt, and digging holes, while Pat did all the designing and plant-choosing. I started hating 'working in the yard' as they called it; I was not allowed to design or participate in any fun tasks like planting, just the dull drudge work. And for my efforts I got to look at flowers (which have never been important to me anyway, and Pat chose ones that were orange and pink, two colors I dislike). So I associated gardening with useless, unrewarding drudgery.

Last year, on a whim, I ordered a black willow tree baby off of ebay. Seeing a skinny little stick worried me at first -- I thought it was dead. Watching it tentatively put out its first leaves was a revelation; it reminded me of how plant care could be. Here was magic. Seeing little changes every day was so THRILLING to me! I can imagine that if I had a garden I would get the most intense joy out of caring for plants and having them reward me with yummy peppers and tomatoes! Taking the little explosion-of-life-energy that is a seed and placing it in the ground is surely a holy act. ♥ And communing with each nascent plant... oh *shivers* how much of a blessing it must be!

I don't think I'll have any land for a while yet *sadface* but I do very much want a greenhouse! Our neighborhood management is ridiculously strict, so it'll have to wait until we move (space and allowance for a greenhouse will definitely be a consideration).

I sent my baby silk trees and black willow to Pat's house for the winter (as ze gets more indoor sun) and then ze went off for WEEKS without warning me or getting anyone to care for them (oh yeah, ze's gone off to be with M. I'm so fed up with this). I had to harass zir for ages before ze finally sent someone to water them. I'm really scared that they might not survive :-( I don't know how long they went without water, and they both prefer wet soil. If you would pray and/or send positive energy/thoughts to them I would be very grateful... They're both really special to me. I'm too worried to tell their full story right now, but I will tell it after I pick them up.

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folkchick3 ══╣songs and tress╠══
I am sending good thoughts and positive energies to your babies!!
belenen ══╣tree consonance╠══
thank youuu!!!
clown_frog ══╣╠══
YES!!!!!!

Cos growing is exciting :-D :-D :-D !!!!!!!

This post makes me grin!

Love the idea of growing food, wish I had land too! Or even a balcony, or anything! I want to grow tomatoes, the smell is wonderful, from the leaves. At the moment my windowsill is covered in seedlings I grew from masses of cheap seeds for my parents garden, but tomatoes and herbs are on the list for after my parents come and collect these.

I like onions and carrots because they're all hidden and then you pull them up and its a surprise!! (when I was little I pulled them up every so often to look and then put them back- probably not the best for them!)

Positive thoughts to your trees...

What do silk trees look like? I'd google them but I wouldn't know if I was looking at the right thing!

P.S. why are you never on google talk? (not said in any kind of accusing way!)

belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
hee hee! :D :D :D

yes, next place we live is going to have some kind of balcony or patio or sunroom!

and *falls over in a gigglefit at the idea of babyKate pulling up the plants to check them!* :D so cuuuuuuuuuuute! *more giggles* (and don't you mean "when I was wee"? hee hee)

thank you for the positive thoughts!

The silk tree (in the South we call it the mimosa but that's confusing because it's the name of a shrub): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibrissin photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jefferson-heard/178494269/ (that's not mine of course)

I haven't been much for IMing for a while now... it's something I'm planning on changing this year but it's not my focus right now, so I just never sign in. :-p
clown_frog ══╣╠══
Are you hoping to move soon? Soon qualified as within the next two years. Just curious :-)

Hmm, often I do say wee, but not then! I must not be as scottished as I thought! Perhaps I use it more to refer to objects... *ponders*

Beautiful tree!!
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
Sending good vibes to your plants!
belenen ══╣kissy╠══
thank youuu *snuggles!*
frecklestars ══╣ghost-girl╠══
*goodthoughts goodthoughts goodthoughts*
belenen ══╣kissy╠══
thank you lovey! ♥!
callmebee ══╣╠══
I grew up with a garden too. It took up the entire top part of our hilly backyard until we moved when I was sixteen. So from birth until then I never knew a summer without fresh tomatoes and rasperries (in New Mexico!). My dad still grows some fresh vegetables, but the land they live on now is mostly sand and bunnies (cute, but dangerous for the veggies).

Since I moved out last month, I haven't been able to stop daydreaming about planting my own little garden. It wouldn't be nearly as big as either of my dad's, but can't help but imagine what it would be like to grow things. Maybe because I grew up around it, I don't know, but I feel called to plant things and help them grow.

So, instead of tilling the yard in our rented house, I purchased some little pots for herbs that we're growing on the windowsill. It's not much, but for now it really helps.


I do hope your little lives survive until they can get home to you to thrive. You, and they, have my good thoughts and best wishes.
belenen ══╣tree consonance╠══
I feel called to plant things and help them grow.

YES exactly, me too! ♥ But I don't even have a freaking windowsill because the AC vent is right there and will freeze/burn the plants -- if Kanika doesn't knock them over for getting in zir way, agh! But when we move I'll have some light and some space! I'm REALLY ready for that!

thank you thank you ♥ I miss my babies!
moonvoice ══╣vilturj - the kacze forest╠══
*good vibes for your plants*

And I love Deep Forest. :)

I'm very much looking to starting my own native garden, and will start blogging about that once I start transforming the 'sandpit' (literally, where I'm moving, the substrate is dry, grey sand - we are moving onto fossilised, dessicated sand-dunes) into a garden full of natives or food plants. :D

And I know you'll get so much joy out of doing the same with your own garden and plants.
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
thank you ♥ ♥ ♥!

ohh, that sounds interesting and fun! I can't wait to hear how you do it!
kiwi ══╣╠══
I fear sending you good growing vibes because I have a black thumb (no really), however, I'll send my absolute best wishes your way...
mermaiden ══╣Me: Dryad╠══
Aww~ The first part of this entry made me so happy. :) I grew up on a farm, and from my earliest memories gardened in a HUGE vegetable garden (over one acre) and a HUGE potato garden, orchard (again, over an acre) and grapevines...it was absolute bliss, and I love creating that sense of bliss on my own land, now. :)

I'm sending much love and good energies to your beautiful babies!
darkpool ══╣╠══
Growing things is fun. I've been terrible at it the last few years though. and I killed my Lena broom because I couldn't decide to plant it. It needed to be planted in the ground or may it could have been brought in. but I didn't want to plant it because I didn't want to leave it when we eventually moved. which was silly I could have dug it up. "twas very lame of me. :-/
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