by Brad Nelson 3/26/15
The East Coast caught a bad break for winter this year (global warming…sheesh), but in the Pacific Northwest, spring came a month early. And we didn’t have much of a winter to speak of. (Maybe we caught some of that global warming while the East Coast had “climate change.”)
I’ve never done much gardening in my life. But I guess as we age, the need to putter arises…or the putter gene turns from recessive to dominant. I’ll have to ask Richard Dawkins about that next time I see him. Anyway, I happened to see these four-shelf greenhouses on sale at a local hardware store, I bought a couple of them.
And a couple more. It’s sort of getting out of hand. But part of my plan was to beautify the front entrance to the business here. And having become fascinated by tulips — particularly after reading the book, Tulipmania…and also gaining an interest in the wacky and wonderful world of DNA via my studies in intelligent design — I thought I’d see if I could not kill a plant or two…such is my record with vegetation.
Well, the tulips are doing splendidly. The one that is pictured above just fully opened today. And it’s got a wonderful mild orange scent. My brother likened it to the smell of an orange Pixy Stix. It is almost an edible, candy-orange fragrance.
Since planting the tulips (and I have two more tulip plants in now…one solid yellow and one solid magenta), I’ve installed about 5 tomato plants, 3 spinach plants, 3 or 4 kinds of lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, collards, peas, and some mint. I mean for this garden to produce a lunch or two…at least the base layer for a salad.
And I’ve got some primroses and a few other flowers and ornamental plants just for decoration. Hopefully nobody will mess with any of this, although it sits outdoors. But in this day and age, anything goes. But however it turns out, it’s been a lot of fun to actually do a little gardening and grow something. The magic of DNA. The magic of all that information and design stored in there waiting for me to either over-water it or under-water it.
As these plants grow (particularly the tomato plants), I’ll put them at the bottom shelf and let them grow through to the top, removing shelves as needed and staking them as necessary. At least that’s the plan. I have a feeling this jungle could quickly get out of control. But that’s half the fun. You discover something new….such as the smell of an orange tulip.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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