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Is an urban garden in autumn worth the trouble? 10-12-2014: SHINY HAPPY BEANS LALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU!


Want to start at the beginning? State of the Garden, 09-07-2014

State of the Garden, 09-14-2014
State of the Garden, 09-21-2014
State of the Garden, 09-28-2014
Garden hiatus, 10-05-2014

State of the Garden, 12-10-2014

Hey, remember that time when I posted a picture of Alicia Silverstone to emphasize my cluelessness about my garden, and outed myself as a total nineties baby in the process? And a week later, when I took that garden hiatus?
Well, hahahahahahaha! All that confusion is behind us now, and I can honestly say I couldn’t be better, and if you hear a high-pitched noise in the distance that most definitely isn’t me.

Welcome to a world so dark that even the light casts a shadow, and positivity is an exotic fruit grown continents away.
Welcome to…

SHINY HAPPY BEANS LALALA CAN’T HEAR YOU!

1210close3Awww, look at those carrots. Don’t they have that typical carrot-y carrotness about them?

1210close5And would you look at that lettuce! It’s so alive and vibrant it could jump onto my sandwich by itself!

1210close6I’m so glad those beetroots have come around, ya know? I thought I’d lost them…but here they are, all beetroot-y and stuff!

1210close4Not to mention the baby radishes. D’awww…baby radishes. Isn’t that the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

On an unrelated note, denial is a powerful coping mechanism, did you know? Well, I know. All week I’ve been trying as hard as I could to ignore the truth that’s staring me in the face, but I can’t avoid its beady little eyes any longer. The truth is- The truth is…this.

1210overview2Pictured here, my friends, we see total devastation. We see a failed experiment. We see a thrown-in towel, lying in a puddle on the bathroom floor.
We see the state of our urban garden, 10-12-2014.

So what happened? To this day I still don’t know. About a month in, some mysterious creature started eating my seedlings. I put a net over the garden three weeks ago, thinking it was birds. Clearly, it was something else. And in spite of my net, that something else has now eaten everything except for a few spring onions and the beans. Additionally, it’s moved from just gnawing stems to eating leaves, too, thereby effectively destroying everything that had survived the first round of demolition. Maybe it’s snails, although I never see any trails or other signs of them. Another possibility is mice, but in a neighborhood rife with cats, that seems a little unlikely. So…divine intervention? A punishment from the gods? You tell me!

I can’t in all honesty call this experiment a failure, though. After all, my crop was doing great until that certain something came along. And I have learned quite a few lessons. That gardening is full of unexpected surprises. That you can never pin all your hopes and dreams onto one crop. That, much like in the rest of life, you must accept a certain amount of loss and failure, and you can’t let that get you down because it’s part of the game. And that you should be really glad you’re not a nineteenth century Russian farmer because you’d be looking sideways at granny right now.

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Is an urban garden in autumn worth the trouble? Answer: INCONCLUSIVE. 

Next week we’ll be starting an entirely new series: the best hand-made gifts from around the web! After all it’s season-appropriate, useful, and hopefully less depressing than my garden has been this fall. I’m starting fresh come spring! Plus, I have another plant-related trick up my sleeve, or should I say, in my windowsill. Plus, I’ll get back to you once those shiny happy beans actually start producing shiny happy peas! Unless they’re, you know, struck by lightning in the meantime, or something. Or by a sperm whale falling from the sky. I wonder if it will be friends with me?

See you next time, have a great week!

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