Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Grow Stories, Not Plants


If I were a farmer, I would starve. So far this year, my chives, oregano, and basil did well. They must be hardy plants. I gave up growing tomato plants years ago because I would need an eight foot high fence to protect them from the deer. This year, deer ate my cucumber leaves.

However, deer are not my only problem. I have a brown thumb. Either there's too much shade or not enough. Either there's too much water or not enough. Maybe the soil is anemic and needs fertilizer or maybe I need to mulch.

I work well with words, but plants are impossible. If I type a story and save it, the document stays in the same place, ready to greet me the next time I open it. If I dig a hole, drop in a plant, and water it, it dies or gets eaten.

My sister, the horticulturist, gave me a flowering plant, Bouncing Bet. She thinks I may not be able to kill it. The flowers resemble phlox, but Bouncing Bet is an invasive weed. This is great. Invasive weeds survive on whatever rain falls on them. They don't need fertilizer and flourish in nutritionally deficient soil.

I found some interesting information about bouncing bet online. (Check it out here.) The plant is toxic. The deer should get a tummy ache. Perhaps they'll avoid my yard. Then I can spend less time outside trying to make things grow and more time writing.

Growing stories is fun.

2 comments:

patty froese said...

I'm a writer, too, and I kill plants. I love them to death. It's embarrassing. ;) If I forget about them,they do better. When I remember them, they shrivel up and give up the ghost. I'm better off sticking to stories, too. ;)

Penelope Marzec said...

Patty:

I love plants, too. Especially flowers. But deer like to eat the flowers. And flowers also like water which I often fail to provide.

Only the really tough plants survive in my yard. :^(