Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sitting on the Fence

I am on the brink of another decision. It is a decision I have avoided because I could always get away without making it. However, the time has come to reconsider...

Let's just say this decision has to do with growing a "garden". I already have two little "plants" growing. Each day I feed them, water them, read them a book, and cover them up when they take a nap. According to the NY state "rules of gardening," I can care for two "plants" legally without a fancy little certificate. If I want to add more "plants" to my "garden" however, I must abide by the bigger set of "gardening rules". This is where the decision comes in. Do I go for the certificate, continue to "pot more plants" and take my chances, or stick with just the two little "plants" I am already growing? (One of my fellow "gardeners" was turned in recently.)

Growing a large "garden", or even a decent sized one, takes planning and preparation. It also takes some knowledge of the local "gardening rules". I plan to study the book, think through the process, and plan out my strategy. I think a fence would help keep my little "plants" safely contained and a "trellis" would provide plenty of fun and exercise. I may have painted over the flower garden on my living room wall, but that doesn't mean I have given up on being a "gardener". The real question is just how big a "garden" would I like?


  1. Life is so full of decisions. I know you will figure this one out and be happy with the outcome.

    I bought a flat of merrigolds and also a few other colorful flowers I don't know their name, but I wanted to add a little more color to the back yard before the family BBQ Sunday.

    The wind blew so hard today, I couldn't plant them...hopefully tomorrow morning. I don't think I need a certificate.

  2. I used to have a larger garden when I lived in Edgewood. I enjoyed having a large garden, It kept me organized, and legal like. However, it did tie me to the house. I was accountable to the florests where the plants came from. I did enjoy getting the materials for the plants to grow. Decorating the garden, and watching as the plants produced. This is a big decission. I don't think I could do it at this age. I am loosing my green thumb I think. You however have a great green thumb.

  3. Kim, you made me smile and I had to read through this a couple of times. (This code language can get confusing...) Let's just say I am caring for "seedlings" while the "florists" are otherwise occupied. "Tender plants" need constant supervision and training. Since I have been asked to temporarily care for another "young plant", I resumed thinking on the possibility of becoming an official... "horticulturalist", shall we say?.

    I think I just may give all the little darlings plant names...

  4. Martha...hmm. Why does it seem like tending other people's plants is more responsibility than our own? What if they get too much sun? Not enough water? Just dealing with government is unpleasant....but those plants themselves are little blessings, and it is a good respectable way to make a living, tending those, hmm...

  5. I don't understand why the florists have to stick there noses in. I think you could manage a green house of plants quite fine if you chose to.

  6. It's actually the "garden patrol" I'm concerned about. :)