gardening

Being Beaner

Being skinny is definitely something I was good at as a kid.  So good my parents said I was skinny as a bean pole.  Which then led to names like Christine the Bean, Beaner and Bean. Very few people call me those names these days.  But it has now turned into Auntie Bean.  And man do I love when my youngest niece calls me that!

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On a sunny Thursday (May 12th) I planted my zucchini, cucumbers and peas.  I grew each one of those plants from seed. Now I know the peas are cold crops and they could be planted right away.  But I knew I was taking a chance with the others.  Sadly, that Saturday we were hit with a final round of frost.  My sister and my husband chipped in to help save my little plants.  In the end the only survivors were the peas.

After a lecture from my sister “always plant after Memorial Day weekend” I waited.  The weekend of memorial day came and I took another chance and planted that Saturday.  Tomatoes, cucumber seeds, zucchini seeds, bean seeds and cabbage.  That evening my husband and I went to have dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.  The sky was dark as we were leaving and the rain was coming down hard.  We dashed and giggled till we got to the truck.  Soaking wet I watched as the rain fell hard.  A few days later I surveyed the damage.  Not a single surviving tomato plant. I was ready to give up.  This 20′ x 20′ plot is going to grow peas and nothing else.

Just when I want to throw in the towel I check on the row of beans I planted.  And sure enough I can see sprouts trying to push through the dirt! It was the little push I needed.  I feel as if it was a sign.  Good olde Beaner could at least grow bean plants too. This was not going to be the end!

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So this last Saturday my husband and I went to the Berry Patch to purchase plants.  A rush of excitement hit as I saw the well priced beautiful plants.  Tyrone picked a few to add to the garden as well.  He had also helped me till new rows the night before.  After a mere $32 I had enough plants to try again.  That night it did rain. But a nice soaking rain perfect for new plants.

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