A Dramatic Story

Thank you for joining us for our next episode of how the Garden Of Good and Evil turns. The story today is about mystery, intrigue and is ultimately a tale of redemption (Redemption.)

Several weeks ago, I enlisted the children’s’ help and we planted the seedlings. 1000 of them to be exact.

In order to make sure the seedlings stayed organized, I had them write down what they had planted on a diagram that had a box for every section of the tray.

First the folded the paper then they followed the lines to make the “sections” of the tray.

Then, they carefully measured out the correct number of seeds per section of the tray and lovingly planted them. Each child was responsible for at least one flat of seeds.

By the end, The Boy had given up on the tediousness of planting and had taken to scribing for his sisters as they planted. I’m honestly surprised he sat still long enough to get these photos.

When everyone was done planting, they took their seeds outside (more on the seed process later, we’re getting to the real story here) and set their seed tray diagrams on the kitchen counter. And that, my friends, was the last time those diagrams were to be seen. My husband, who never throws away anything, who’s hoarding is known across the land, threw away the diagrams. The only link to the identity of the 1000 seedlings I have, is missing. I felt horrible. Dave felt horrible. I was angry. Dave felt horrible. I complained to EVERYONE who would listen. Dave felt horrible.

All I knew was I was now saddled with 1000 seedlings of questionable parentage. For gods sake I have 17 varieties of tomatoes planted! Who in the world can tell those little guys apart? Then my sister-in-law had a brilliant plan.

Click here for the plan.

So, for all of you who were interested in seedling, I can understand if you can’t stomach mystery seedlings but if you can…have I got a deal for you. 75% off to be exact. I have 1000 mysteries. make me a deal.

Now, let’s be real here. They aren’t all mysteries. I can tell a pepper from a tomato from a watermelon. What I can’t tell is cucumbers from melons and what tomato is what (will you get yellow sausage-shaped or tiny round reds?) If you want, I can guarantee a variety types of tomatoes. I have a system for that, that Dave didn’t lose.

Have I forgiven Dave? Yes. I know it won’t happen again and he never meant any harm. (The redemption part of the story.) Besides, if I can’t sell the plants, he’s the one who will have to build more beds, which is its own special kind of punishment.


One response to this post.

  1. […] seedlings are almost all sold, I’m down to tomatoes only. What was once a tragic mistake (see the story of the mystery seedlings here) has actually turned out to be kind of fun. Craigslist has brought some really fun people into our […]


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