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Garden mysteries

By Penny Stine

Earlier in the spring and summer, I tried all sorts of tricks to get carrot seeds to germinate. I prepared the soil, I pampered them, I was diligent about keeping them moist. I begged and pleaded and planted at least three packets of carrot seeds. I got three carrots.

I had a few carrot seeds left and when I was planting kohlrabi in hopes of a harvest in late October, I threw the spare carrot seeds on another patch of ground where nothing was growing. I did not prepare the soil. I have not watered consistently and the spot doesn't get a lot of sunshine. 
Yet look at this. The kohlrabi has yet to sprout, but the carrots are going wild.

Why, why why? Why wouldn’t they grow before? Why are they taking off now? Is it the extra humidity? Is it the fact that I ignored them?


I planted a purple Brussels sprouts this year that’s a long season grower, so I’ve been content to just watch the few plants that are doing well. For some reason, this plant died quite suddenly. It was looking good, and yet within a week, it just sort of shriveled up and died.

Yes, I know I need to weed, but I don't think the surrounding grass and weeds choked the life out of the plant. Trust me, I've got just as much grass and weeds in other areas of my garden. 

I watered it about the same as I watered every other area of my gardens, so I have no idea why that one died.



The rest of them growing in other areas look like this.

The more I garden, the more I realize I don’t know much about gardening, plants and the mysteries of why plants do what they do.  

I'm glad I don't make my living by what I can grow. I'd starve. 


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