Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Garden Babies

So this isn't a craft. But I still have to post it.

A few weeks ago my oh-so-nice boyfriend let me plant a garden in part of his landscaping [he even helped me!]. I cannot tell you how long I have pined after just a little dirt to dig in. With a string of shady second story apartments in my LA past [shady re: the sun, not management, except for one in Chinatown], I've never lived anywhere I was allowed access to the ground. After the the deaths of multiple tomato plants on various hostile patios, I will never take it for granted again.

So I ravaged the seed rack at Lowe's and planted corn, sunflowers, watermelon, zinnias, and morning glories. They're protected by a border of pest-repelling marigolds that just happen to be blooming in USC's colors, a non-coincidence that I casually pointed out to my boyfriend [brilliant huh?? bringing sports into gardening!]. I also stuck a strawberry plant in there, but I've never grown strawberries before and the little green berries are already getting chewed up by bugs, so I'm not sure how that will end up [any tips??]

This past week all the little baby seedlings having started sprouting, and I literally want to just sit in a chair and stare at them, they are that cute. I'm most excited about the corn babies because they just like miniature cornstalks. I daydream of one day picking corn and taking it straight to the grill [ideally in an adorable gingham-lined basket]. Probably a little too optimistic, but I can dream, can't I?


  1. Devon, you have cute little green babies there. I remember that hostile "patio" in Chinatown. Nice to be able to get sink your hands into the the rich Southern California soil! And still a talented writer also!!

  2. I remember my mother had a pot with strawberries (growing in the Dutch weather, lol) rather than to put the plants straight into the soil. I don't think they ever got eaten - then again, it's quite possible we don't have the same bugs you've round there. Perhaps go check out a garden centre and ask for advice?

  3. thanks for the tip! i asked my grandma and she said she used to see straw put down on the soil as a barrier between the berries and the dirt. so i might try that, or possibly newspaper since I don't want to buy a whole bale of straw.

  4. hows ur baby corn now?growing healthily?

  5. Lola,

    I just posted an update on them...check it out here!:


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