Tough Love among the Charentais

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. -Goethe

Except for the calendula, which powered out a mass of blooms last month, most plants look frighteningly healthy. Some of this has to do with the uninfected, un-chewed new growth we always see early in the year, (and nutrient rich compost), but it’s also due to relentless, (ruthless?) pruning and thinning that has taken place. That’s not always easy.  Feeling an affinity for what we started, some of us have been hesitant to pull up plants that are past their prime or young ones that are crowding the bed:

   All the extra melon seeds came up and they needed to be thinned to only 4 per hill. It was difficult to decide which would be saved, which sacrificed.  After failing with ‘eenie- meenie -miney- moe’ someone played Roman emperor and the deed was done.  The payoff will hopefully be many ripe sweet Charentais melons in September.  

Next it’s a haircut for the calendula. 

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          ‘Hot fun in the summertime’.  –S.  Stone


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