Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Adopt a Crop: Tiny sighting!

So, I didn't want to worry you, but I've been stressed. And also doing a scary amount of staring and finger crossing and checking of germination dates on seed packets and begging quietly into the soil.

"Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease grow little cucumber seeds! The nurseries here don't have your variety in stock so I'm just going to look like a failure when you don't grow. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!"

Yes, that is right, I *might* have been contemplating trying to pawn off a healthy sprightly seedling plant on you as though it sprang from the seeds I put in the ground when these seeds proved to be totally inert. I *might* have, but I didn't really *want* to. Because *I* would still know I was a failure and ohwecannothavethat. So, I haven't bought any plants or anything. All seeds are exactly where they were and growing at their own slow pace.



*Sigh* I need a special kind of help, I know.

Anyway, you might be able to discern that the aforementioned threatened faking has not happened (um, phew) and instead I am proud to present to you, Adopt a Croppers everywhere, with the first Pickling Cucumber Sighting:

Ta dah!
(BTW:"Ta dah!" will probably accompany every update because I'm very self-congratulatory.)

It may not look like much now, but I'm hopeful that it will unfold from the soil big and green and strong and able to fight off whatever is munching the hell out of my cantaloupe sprouts.

Sadly, those seeds really may be replaced with more mightier plants from the nursery. Thankfully I don't really care what type of cantaloupe I grow as long as it grows and fruits. And also I'm not trying to impress you with my ability to grow cantaloupe from seed so don't have to worry about the very public failure of all that.

So, YAY! Those of you following along with Adopt a Crop 2008 have your first exciting gardening update. And, per my original promise, there was no super sweating, dirt touching or personal torture for you to contend with. Best gardening ever, right?

And lest I forget those who voted for things other than cucumbers, I have an update for you as well. Specifically those who voted for Sweet Bell Peppers because I planted seeds and one live plant (impatience getting the better of me again) and things are looking up.

Lets also not forget to ogle the plants that are sprouting and growing as though they were also voted as BIG WINNERS even though they only got one vote (from me, I have that power you know):

Ambitious strawberries

Radishes that will need to be thinned in the worst way

Snap peas stretching for the fence

Volunteer lemon cucumber who doesn't know when to quit

It's big times around the garden, folks, and we're just getting started so no use trying to pretend that you're not STOKED because I know you are.

Me too.


  1. Lucky you.
    We are just hoping we don't get any more snow for a while...
    maybe planting in June

  2. Holy Cow, we're still wearing gloves (and that winter gloves not gardening gloves) outside for crying out loud!!! And you even have berries. WooHoo -- the crops are growing!!! Oh, and notice how in can WooHoo in the face of no beet updates -- see how I can revel in your glory??? LOL!

  3. When I see little seeds sprouting up from the dirt, I feel almost spiritual about the whole thing. (Kind of kidding, kind of not)

    Thanks for sharing them with those of us that can't plant till the end of May. And, yes, snow if falling from the sky right now in Colorado. Sign.

  4. Um, I mean sigh, not sign.

  5. Woo hoo - congrats to you!

    Annnnd I want to change my vote from butternut squash (yeah, like that went anywhere) to strawberries. I can only hope I have half the success with strawberries (this being my first year) that you have - those look like they're going to be great!!


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