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1990/91 Gardening Catalog Cover   1990/91 Gardening Customer Letter
 
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Dear Customer,

Gardeners are a curious blend of optimism and pessimism. Every gardener is an optimist in February when ordering seed. This is the year for the exotic bloom and the long, slim carrots. But this same person becomes a pessimist when it is time to plant the seed. Instead of planting one zucchini (which will produce enough to feed a small village) this suddenly pessimistic person plants four – just in case three of them don't germinate. And so it goes with the tomatoes and the beans. It all seems so logical at the time.

As summer comes (and the rows needing weeding curiously get longer on hot days) this same gardener doesn't yank out the three extra zucchinis or pull out all but six tomato plants. Kill perfectly good tomato plants? Have you lost your mind? Do you remember how much you would have given for a decent tomato just short weeks ago? No! They are all left burgeoning with fruit.

The final self delusion comes in the fall, when it is obvious that you will not be able to store or can all of your harvest. You tell yourself that your friends will appreciate your gifts of vegetables. These are the same friends who planted four zucchini last spring….

May it never change,

Leonard G. Lee
President

 
 


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