Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Confessions of a New Gardner
Did you notice today's blog got a new subtitle? Confessions of a new gardner, and here goes my first confession and I'm a little embarrassed.
You see, as people have come to my home, I have proudly included my garden as part of the tour. I have pointed and named each group of plants. I had a tour to give this weekend that was of particular pride and importance.
Each year my husband's grandfather sends me tomatoes from his super garden when my in-laws come down or brings them to the house when we go up because he knows how I love "real" tomatoes. So I could not wait to show my garden to my father-in-law this weekend so he could go back and brag about my awesome tomato plants.
As I am pointing out each thing, he reaches down and pulls up one of my precious pepper plants right from the roots! I was a little stunned, and politely replied that this was a pepper plant. He gingerly pressed it back into the soil and apologized. Then, gently told me, "That isn't a pepper plant, it is crab grass." I explained they came up just where I had planted seeds and he graciously suggested we take the one he already killed and bring it to the nursery so they could determine, and if it's not a pepper plant we could buy some.
So...we came in and I took out my seed packet and looked carefully at the plant picture which looked absolutely nothing like the crab grass growing in my garden. The crab grass I had carefully thinned, watered and fertilized. Not to mention weeded around (I'm thinking the 'weeds' I pulled might have been the pepper plants.) Yep.
So- no worries, I pulled them up and that night my husband and F-I-L bought me a red, green and yellow pepper plant.
Any faux-pas in your new garden?