On May 15th of this year, I did something I never before thought
I'd do. Something I never even considered doing. I walked out
my back door, locked it and drove to a remote location with
cash money in my pocket. That money was part of a deal that
I'd been working on for some weeks. It would be handed over
under an old apple tree in exchange for a single, small key.
That small key would eventually open the gate to Narnia.
After three weeks, 14 e-mail exchanges, two phone calls, and
one very small wad of cash, I was the proud renter of a community
It's the kind of thing only an overly enthusiastic gardener
could get so worked up about. I am such a gardener. In fact,
I don't know which was more exciting, getting the keys to
the community garden or passing the bar exam. Since I never
really took the bar exam, I'm going with THE COMMUNITY GARDEN!
I had to rent the plot because of the paste-tomato plants
I had started from seed without giving much thought to where
I was going to plant them. When I was starting those seeds
last March, growing just three of them seemed kind of anticlimactic
after all the work I had put into saving the seeds. Not even
worth the cost of the grow lights, really. So I planted a
version of three. I planted 30.
Did I mention I have room for only three plants? Hence the
need for the community garden plot. So now that the great
tomato growing summer has come to a close with five bushels
of pressed tomatoes in the cupboards, it's time to think about
whether to keep the plot.
YES. YES, I'M GOING TO KEEP THE PLOT! And the main reason
is my latest obsession
I've always had a slight problem with having more affection
for squash than I probably should, but this year it's branched
into an unnatural love of pumpkins as well. And a community
plot is the perfect place to grow things that a) take up a
LOT of space and b) don't take constant daily attention. Pumpkins
Lest you think there's only one type of pumpkin out there
(the big, round orange kind), allow me to illuminate starting
with the Lumina.