Lettuce Give Ourselves a Break

Gardening is one of those projects that requires daily attention. I do actually find it managable within the confines of everyday life, except during a book tour.
I was stubborn when we moved into our new house on April 1st. I insisted on planting my most ambitious-sized garden yet, a 4’ x 8’ bed out back and two 6’ x 3’ beds in the front yard, in spite of my impending absences. I invested in a couple soaker hoses and a timer. All was going to work out great, except for the fact that gardens need more than just regular watering.
All in all, I’ve been away from home for 40 days this spring and summer. During the course of those weeks away, and all the disappointing returns I found no surviving, hopeful little sprouts; plenty of wild viney-ness, though no tomatoes; peppers alive, but not really fruiting; okra growing steadily, but attacked regularly by aphids; and a few dramatic herb deaths (RIP English Thyme).
My answer to this inedible disappointment: plant flowers. All of which are still alive and thriving (hallelujah!)
Photo Credit: The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking

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