Try, Try Again…

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”…

Old adage. Wise words.

After the disappointment of last year’s tomato crop, slow to start with downpours in June, then killed off quickly by late blight in August, I spent the winter convinced that I wouldn’t plant tomatoes again.

The time for selling the house is fast approaching, and I didn’t want a huge veggie patch in the backyard — I opted for an easy herb garden in its place. I bought eight (countem’ 8!) ichiban eggplants, my favorite, and figured they and some peppers and okra would take up the pots on the deck.

Great! Sounds like a plan.

Of course, another adage is that of “the best laid plans of mice and men…”

All I had to do was pass by the tomatoes and the heartache and disappointment of last summer was but a distant memory…

I will try again.

better boy, pink brandywine
hopeful tomato seedlings… better boy and pink brandywine…

lemon boy, black prince
along with lemon boy and black prince…

Three ichibans planted and five to go — I should be swimming in eggplant by August.

Now I am looking for some Italian bean seeds. Their rich flavor is my new favorite in sambhar.

How does your garden grow?

Life changes sprouting up all over:

graduation day
somewhere in the crowd sits my son, the college graduate…

try, try again...
magna cum laude!

last HS prom
the last high school prom for my daughter… off to college in august

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7 Comments »

  1. indosungod said

    Congratulations to both the kiddos. Nice to see you my friend.

    Thank you, ISG! Happy to see you πŸ™‚

  2. Sonia said

    Congratulations to both of your kids!!! Good luck for your tiny garden. πŸ™‚

    Thanks very much, Sonia! πŸ™‚

  3. Nupur said

    Lots of happy things happening here! I’ve been missing your posts, and glad to know all is well πŸ™‚

    My indoor “garden” is bare except for one ornamental plant and my curry leaf plant; I am moving to a new neighborhood in a couple of months and might plant something there, and start a compost heap!

    Thank you Nupur — I’ve missed being here with y’all πŸ™‚

    A new neighborhood, how exciting! I hope you do plant something — compost heap is fun and only makes the garden greener (no pun!). My curry plant is growing again, but as usual nothing like yours!! πŸ™‚

  4. Asha said

    WOW!! Son graduated a;ready! Hurray! Good for him Linda, looks happy and so your girl in Prom dress, pretty picture. Enjoy your kids, they are precious. Can’t believe you will be a empty nester soon but you might enjoy it, never know! ;D

    Yeah! Both kids are home now. 3 more years to go for Trisha but she will do it. She finds Chapel Hill bit hard as you know it’s very “nerdy” college. Counselor told her that she will get better in Sophomore year as all Freshman go thru’ the same adjustment period. Hope so, she got 3.0 GPA, not bad but she is not very happy although I am happy with it!

    Had a busy weekend, didn’t open PC at all since Friday. At homefront, things got worse and worse, lot of trouble since last year but somehow life has to go on, better go on with a smile and a hope in your heart, right?

    I planted Plum Tomatoes, Eggplants, Beans, Cucumber, Beans and some peppers. Rain and heat here, they have grown like monsters. Mint is taking over too.

    Thanks, Asha! I’m doing my best to look at the bright side of ’empty nest’, but college grad has to find a job before that is reality! πŸ˜‰

    T is a perfectionist about her schooling, I know. 3.0 is *fantastic*!!! Especially for freshman year; counselor is right about that adjustment. She can be very proud of herself and I know you’re proud! Kiddos give us lots of joy and strength — makes it all worthwhile πŸ™‚

    I planted cukes too, and long beans, ridge gourd… okra and peppers go in today along with some Italian beans if I can find the seed. Will be looking for your garden pics!

  5. Happy Cook said

    Congragulations to both of them. I don’t have a garde 😦 but i also don’t have a garden finger. I think even indoors all plants die with me, except for Cactus and even that dies here πŸ˜‰

    Thanks, HC!

    I’ve just been gazing at your goodies (stawberry tart, yum!) and I can assure you, you don’t need a green thumb. You have super-pastry fingers!! πŸ™‚

  6. Sra said

    Hi Linda, how have you been? Quite a few plants, including the ‘lucky bamboo’ died a slow and what must have been painful death in my house. Can you imagine how traumatic it is for lucky things to die in your home? Yet hope springs eternal and I have been thinking I shouldn’t give up, esp as all my gardening has to be indoors – tough, considering that I want fruiting and flowering plants and not decorative ones.

    Congrats on the good news with your kids, and best of luck with the life changes.

    Thank you Sra — it’s good to see you!

    I’ve never had much luck with indoor plants, but I don’t have the right light. If you have a sunny windowsill, you might grow herbs. Somewhere I read about a tomato that can be grown indoors, in a pot! Don’t think I would be brave enough for that πŸ˜‰

  7. BongMom said

    Sorry Linda, couldn’t hop on here earlier. Congrats to the new grad. That must have been an enormous moment in your life. M looks gorgeous.

    I have hardly any time this year for the garden. However my Dad is here and he planted tomato, squash, green beans and carrots. I have methi & corriander in pots. Will look for ichiban eggplants next year

    How is the move coming along ?

    Hi Sandeepa, sounds like you’re very busy indeed! How nice that your dad is there to visit and help with the garden. I’m glad you mentioned methi — I am going to put some in with the herbs — seeds soaking now.

    Thanks for your good wishes for the kids. Move is coming along, slowly… but I am busy crying at the drop of a hat nowadays, happy tears! πŸ™‚

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