After a Week Away, A Green Day in the Garden
August 17, 2010 § 3 Comments
We returned home for a day from our week in Sonoma before heading back out again to Honolulu for our fifth and final wedding of the year. The absolute first thing I wanted to do when we arrived home was tromp out to check on the garden. I nearly leapt out of the car when we pulled into the garage.
I had watered minutes before we left for Sonoma and had closely monitored the weather on weather.com and via reports from friends who’d come up to visit us from San Francisco. But after a week away, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I steeled myself for the worst: wilted dahlias and mesclun, apples bruised and scattered on the ground, bites chomped out of my strawberries and chard, and completely dead tomato plants. While I thoroughly enjoyed our sunny week in wine country, I have to admit I awoke each day with a thin thread of anxiety in my belly, wishing I had a garden-cam and finally understanding why gardeners don’t go on vacation in the summer.
Luckily, weather.com and my friends had been accurate: the week had been in the 50s-60s, so there was no heat to fry my plants, and the critters appeared to have kept their appetites at bay.
The fungicide I sprayed on the jalapa pepper and tomato plants right before we left halted the insidious spread of mold on the pepper and Early Girl tomato, but the Juliet tomato is still beleaguered by soggy leaves, and none of the plants look particularly healthy.
Any plant that is primarily green and leafy, however, continues to thrive. Every time I go away, regardless of the time span, the chard and artichokes somehow grow exponentially.
I feel as though the chard and artichokes’ success is trying to drill into me the lesson that if you plant what’s meant to grow here, you will be rewarded.
The first set of coriander seed pods have formed amidst a profusion of cilantro flowers.
I’m hoping I’ll be as lucky after week two away from home. Cross your fingers for me!