Monday, May 4, 2009

In time for May Day:

Columbine's up! So are scarlet runner beans, swiss chard, peas, zucchini, and chives. There were some yellow squash, too, but I was clumsy enough to knock the pot off the window sill and now have to start over.

I like growing plants from seeds so much more than from seedlings. One of the first things I do every morning is get a status update on my plants (and many mornings I have to text Luke so he knows what changes to look for when he comes home from work). It's so satisfying to be able to see the major daily changes and to watch things to go from a pile of dirt to something really beautiful. Plus, the success rate is lower, so it feels like the seeds that make it and grow are little champs. I imagine I'll feel similarly if I ever get pregnant. "(something like) Thirty-five percent of fertilized eggs don't become babies. I'm so proud of you!"

Here are some white Hyacinth beans that are going to be climbing up my neighbor's porch railing- she is too busy to garden and gave me permission to use up her half of the lot (we live in a duplex). All planted at the same time, it's cool to see the different stages of growth all in one pot:
One of the things I like about these plants is seeing the seed shell being sloughed off and big adult leaves fold out of the pod underneath. Plants are more interesting when they do so much of their initial growth above ground like that.


  1. This isn't a craft. Your blog is called "Getting Crafty." I feel deceived.

  2. First of all, gardening totally fits the definition of craft:

    1. an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, esp. manual skill

    Second, this blog's about collecting hobbies, bitch.

  3. it also fits the definition of that movie about witches

  4. I heather. Things are looking good here.