Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Five Minute Friday: Growing imperfectly
>This is my first time participating in Five on Friday, a linkup over at The Gypsy Mama. Participants get a theme of the week, then sit down and write for five minutes, no editing, no backtracking. We’re supposed to write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
Today’s theme is grow.
My garden shouldn’t grow.
I spent a few years avoiding gardening, though I longed for vegetables grown from my own hand. I didn’t do it simply because it seemed too difficult. I knew nothing of soil pH, which plants would grow best in my climate, how to prune and when to pick. I just didn’t try for fear of failure.
Then, I just decided to start small. One year, I jumped in. I got “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” and read it cover to cover, I researched online which plants would be successful, I followed the directions and did my research. This is how I do things.
When I planted, I didn’t know my soil was full of clay. I didn’t realize that the spot I’d picked only got 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The tomatoes were too close to the cucumbers and I didn’t cage them until it was too late.
But you know what? I had a bountiful harvest (by my standards).
At the end of that summer, I was giving vegetables away by the bagful to neighbors, friends, anyone who could take it. I stopped following the book after a while. I just watered and tended and even though my tomatoes became fungusy and the pumpkins got eaten by raccoons and the chipmunks ate most of the beans, my fledgling garden grew.
It wasn’t perfect, but it grew.
So why not write? I think now. Why not risk something and even though I’m not doing it perfectly, I’m growing. I’m putting it out there, and I’m trying. And who knows? Maybe I’ll get to harvest something one day.
Good grief, it’s taking everything in me not to go back and edit.