By Eric Grissell
Whimsical reflections at the joys, pitfalls, and follies of gardening by way of a faithful gardener and witty author who occasionally steps again from sowing and weeding, making plans and planting, to poke enjoyable on the entire approach.
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It simply does not know, or does not care, and I rather suspect the latter to be the case. When one is younger, thoughts may occasionally arise (though this is by no means assured) which one may contrive one's elders to implement.
Two days, four days, a week, a weekend, two weekends, and finally I was two spits deep by 4 ft. wide by 12 ft. long. My first bed was done. A long, beautifully raised mound of rich, chocolate soil. The struggle certainly would have been worthwhile had I been planting a bed of irises or of daffodils, but Chinese cabbage? I began to wonder. Social pressure, however, is an awesome thing, and convinced of impending inferiority and reduction in rank, I pressed onward with my "revised" plans for the second and third beds.
There was a large square of earth bounded by a fencerow and a few trees, there was a shed, and the remainder was lawn. Lawn is actually far too kind a word, however it does convey a general concept, if not the precise truth. . well, nearly everything if I might be direct. There were no flowers or flower beds, no rock gardens, no vegetable garden, no paths, no pond, few shrubs, not even water taps. The obvious were obviously not there. In the beginningthat is to say shortly before I created the nightly entertainment of smashing concrete into rubbleI used to come home and wander about the yard with measuring tape, paper, and pencil.