Saturday, August 02, 2008

Victory Gardens


*Michelle* said...

Love the graphic-- love the sentiment-- love the promotion of gardening... but I do wonder what "victory" means in the context of our current situation.

esp said...

For me? I guess I filter everything through my lens of local, environmentally sustainable goals. So for me, I think of it as victory over scary industrial agriculture. Or, in a more positive light, victory for a world view where people are outside connecting with nature in it's wild and not-so-wild forms. Different from the original context, of course, but somehow the sentiment seems right.

Muskegon Critic said...

I like to think of it as victory over nature. Man Vs. Nature in a knock down drag out fight with all that is wild, telling the land it will provide for us, marching my tomato plants in the hot, withering sun to squeeze all nutrients out of the soil and then give up its progeny for my own sustenance.

...No? Hmm...maybe it's just me.

esp said...

Ha! That's why your seedlings all die. They're scared about what life in M-squared will be like.

Muskegon Critic said...

You think my garden sucks just because I derive a tyrant's power rush from gardening?

You may be on to something. I suppose I could stop yelling at my plants and increase their chocolate rations. Or perhaps I should stop dumping my fireplace ash on my garden...*Sigh* that wasn't such a good idea.

esp said...

Well, remember the bean project in biology? Didn't we all find that thinking bad thoughts at our beans made them sickly and weak? Well, and I played Enya for mine and they all died. I wasn't sure what to make of that....

I would never say your garden actually harvest things. I'm great at germination. Great. Awesome. Nurturing through adulthood? Not so much.

Muskegon Critic said...

No, go ahead and say it. This year my tomato plants are eight inches high and my pepper plants are about 4 inches high in August. And the weeds are legendary, though I spend a portion of every day ripping them out. Tubers seem to be doing okay. Everything else...not so much.

I think there are four factors inhibiting my garden:

1) The soil is mostly sand.

2) I probably put too much fireplace ash on it last winter and turned the soil too basic.

3) Moles.

4) Deer.

All this adds up to a sucky 2008 garden.

How does your garden grow?