My two pumpkins were beautiful. They were bright orange, plump, and healthy. Until one day when I went to my community garden plot to find that they had disappeared! I called my friend and co-gardener to see if she had harvested them (a little too early, but I would have understood her eagerness), and she hadn’t touched them. I just stood there, dumbfounded, trying to figure out what kind of person steals pumpkins from a community garden? I have faith that it wasn’t one of my co-gardeners, they all have plenty of produce and are perfectly nice people. The problem is that my plot is the closest to the garden entrance, and there’s a walking/running path that goes right along that side. So alas, it must have been one of the runners. This is how I see it going down:
Healthy person running by the garden, “Ooh, what pretty pumpkins” looks around “well, there isn’t anyone here” tip toes into the garden “no one will notice if I just take a couple of pumpkins” snatches them up “it’s not like someone planted them four months ago and have been slaving away to water them and keep them healthy” leaves with her newfound pumpkins…
So even though I won’t have pumpkins seeds, or be able to carve my very own jack-o-lantern, I hope that woman at least gets some joy out of my precious little pumpkins. Or chokes on the seeds. Either works for me.
I will at least have sunflower seeds to harvest…
I walked into my garden the other night to find the my green bean plants, which are getting a late start due to their transplant, had outgrown their stakes. The only problem? They had latched on to their next door neighbors, my sunflowers, as their new post. I asked around and discovered that the beans won’t hurt the sunflower, so I’m just going to chalk it up to nature finding it’s own way. Now I’ll just wait for the sunflowers to bloom.