Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Water IS Expensive, You Know

A few years ago, I was flower hunting.  As I drove up the street where my kids' schools are, on the left was a moderately-sized nursery.  But on my right was a very small greenhouse with a VISA sign hanging out front.  I love underdogs and I never carry cash, so the decision was easy.
Eventually I made my way through the plants and realized that I was totally lost.  The proprietor offered his assistance and I told him my woes of failing to keep any plant alive longer than a minute.  He then asked me what my habits were.  It was a strange question and an odd turn to the conversation, but I quickly reviewed my habits:  eating ice cream with a fork, putting one sock and shoe on before the second sock and shoe, rocking myself to sleep, and so on.  Just as I was about to confess all these habits to him, I heard him again asking about my WATERING habits.
 I answered.  But I didn't want him to think I was a bad gardener, so I actually greatly inflated the number of waterings I really gave my plants.
  He said, "How odd.  You see, most people understand that plants are living things and need water sometimes.  Why are you hellbent of starving your plants to death?"
He laughed. I didn't.
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The original purpose of this post was to announce that we planned to plant a garden this year - my first.  After rereading this, perhaps it is best if I announce that we may try a single tomato plant.

11 comments:

Sue said...

I have a hard time with plants too. I would go with the one tomato plant! :)

Decadent Housewife said...

My excuse is men who do any number of unimaginable things to anything green with leaves found existing in their path.

kim-d said...

Could you PLEASE let me know how that goes? If you can do it, I MIGHT consider a tomato plant of my own. It scares me, though! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Start small...good idea. Ice cream with a fork? Never thought of that.

Living on the Spit said...

Before you know it you will own the farm! I am excited for your single tomato plant idea, but what is a tomato with a cucumber?

Pancake said...

If you find the right way to grow them, let us know! I got the killing part down, now I need to try the growing part!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Go for the garden girl! I am. Got my plants yesterday!
Happy Earth Day!

Lucy and Ethel said...

As a fellow plant killer, I'll be eager to read about the tomato trial!

Lucy

ladyfi said...

Oh, that's hilarious! And remember... tomato plants need a lot of water!

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of trying to grow a tomato plant in a bucket in the upside down way. Why pay $20 for one of those kits when I have several old plastic buckets sitting in my garage doing nothing.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

I bought two of the topsy turvy thingies at walmart... I hear they work wonders... I will let you know how it goes... LOVE the toothless young man :) and I seem to do well with plants cause I put them outside and mike has my back on watering them LOL