Thursday, August 18, 2011

(guest post) The Unbumper Crops

peas
limas
mabel and limas


Thank you so much for the honor to write with you lovely gals here on Tend. I love checking in and seeing what's going on, reading similar philosophies and approaches to my own way of living. Every post emits a shared coziness and warmth; a breath of fresh air.

See, sometimes my green thumb turns into a green and jealous meanie when I see the many finely edited gardens dotting the internet. I have a hard time keeping my garden envy in check when I see others with bumper crops of vine ripened tomatoes. I immediately compare them to my own Better Boys, split and scarred from the recent onslaught of thunderstorms.

Then, sometimes, I watch my daughter play in the plants. I made up my mind early in my pregnancy that I would embrace her curiosity and teach her to respect the natural world around us. But also, as a mom I devote most of my energy to Mabel, and the gardens don't get the same amount of attention they used to. I plant things and don't mark them, forgetting about them until they produce something discernible. This year that something is beans. I've grown beans before: favas, limas, green beans, cow peas...but this year they came up, started forming beans and I had one of those new gardener moments where I ran inside and showed Charlie and Mabel that I. grew. beans. I had 2 beans in my hand, each bulging with the black eyed peas hidden inside. There were more out in the garden, not quite ready for picking, and definitely not a bumper crop by any stretch of the imagination. Those 2 beans in my hand, though, produced a swell of gardening pride.

I can't really pinpoint the source of pride. I suspect it's a residual effect of motherhood: I can choose to obsess over aphids and soil fertility, or I can choose to celebrate the small wonders that make Mabel ooohh and ahhh over a flower or an interesting rock. Being present in those moments has taught me to appreciate everything I grow, including my 2 pods of black eyed peas--my own amazing unbumper crop.

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Thank you so much Renee for being our guest here today, we're honored! Renee lives in North Carolina and authored the Petals & Pedals series at Modish. Please visit her blog and website, Wolfie + the Sneak for more of her creative endeavors.

19 comments:

  1. another great guest post! i too sometimes wish i could have a prettier, more productive garden, but so many other things, my kids included, distract me from that goal. its is so important so get kids in the garden though. i once read that jamie oliver was visiting with school kids in a city and they couldn't identify a potato when he showed it to them. broke my heart.

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  2. Oh yes, Mabel is definitely a fan of getting in the dirt alongside me. We haven't done as much of that this year with the weather in the upper 90s, though. Until she has a better vocabulary I'm wary of keeping her out in the heat very much. She knows her beans, though!

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  3. I can't tell you how many times in Florida I had unbumper crops! I remember eating one cucumber and maybe a few beans. Tomatoes were our bumper crop because they were container plants and everything else was in very poor fill!

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