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Future “tense”…is that nervous? Because I am.

The WordPress weekly photo challenge, future tense, has got me thinking.

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Each year I open my packets of seeds and hold them in my hand and feel the life energy stored within each perfect little parcel. Then I look at my garden space and know that I won’t have the room for all 50 or so seeds, and so we play the “who will live and who will die” game again. I hate it.

I really try to swap/ give/bribe people to take the extra seeds and let them grow and most years I’m pretty successful at it.

This year, the second growing season in my garden, I’ve got my act together a little more and have bought some angled iron to stand up the ancient gates with. I figure they will give me twice the growing space for beans and peas than the bush variety. And I love the privacy and the garden room feeling that height in the potager gives. (Have also bought some brown metal spray paint because I can’t live with the cold silver. (Artist…so sue me))

So the soil is prepared, the seeds are out of their packages and ready to be planted, future tense looks a little less stressful. Now, who can I find to send half of a package of scarlet runners to?

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Comments: 40

  • March 22, 2013
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    I start inside- lovely interpretation- can’t wait to start myself!! Un-known species but I have the seeds!!
    http://vastlycurious.com/?attachment_id=1396

  • March 22, 2013
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    I love this, Veronica. You are so caring of your little seeds. 😉

  • March 22, 2013
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    Great entry for this week’s challenge! I am also looking forward to planting seeds in my garden.

  • March 22, 2013
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    You are very blessed indeed!

  • March 22, 2013
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    I love that you hold the seeds in your hands like that

  • March 22, 2013
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    Beautiful! Only with your tender love and care will these seeds “grow up” to encompass this garden.

  • March 22, 2013
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    This is a wonderful post – such thoughtfulness for your garden and plants. I love the privacy created by a green, growing garden.

  • March 22, 2013
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    Wonderful image of Life renewing and is a truth Poem 🙂
    Thanks too for visiting my place!

  • March 22, 2013
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    Scarlet runners, huh, how about throw it all over the place in your area. Flowers are great for hummingbirds.

  • March 23, 2013
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    The rejected seeds will never know about your decision. Or care, fortunately.

  • Catherine Llewellyn

    March 23, 2013
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    do you have guerilla gardening over there? maybe they’d love to have your extra seeds? X

  • Amy

    March 23, 2013
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    Wonderful post! I also compost veggie peels, grass, and leaves to enrich the soil.

  • Nando

    March 23, 2013
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    VERY nice pic and post! I wish I had a garden for my daughter to plant seeds in. You (and your children) are so lucky!

  • March 23, 2013
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    Lovely!

  • March 23, 2013
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    “Now, who can I find to send half of a package of scarlet runners to?”

    how about saving them for next year? 🙂

  • March 23, 2013
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    But, at least, by composting them, they are contributing to the growth of your other plants. 😉 They will not die in vain.

  • March 23, 2013
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    The angled iron is a wonderful idea and you’re right, it does end a “garden room” feel to it.

  • March 28, 2013
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    For me, it is the growing and nurturing of the plant that suddenly dies for no reason. *cry!*

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