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Listening to the Garden

DSC03486One of the terrace beds spoke first:  

Pssst.  

Imagine a zucchini plant here.  

Easy to grow.  

There’s plenty of space.  

It’s near the kitchen door, where it can be watched daily – and the zukes won’t get as big as your leg without you noticing.  

Full sun (no moldy spots like you got last year in the partial shade).  

It’ll be perfect.  

My practical mind responded:  Yeah, and it’ll fill the whole area, and I’ll have less to do!

Another terrace section spoke next:  

You like yellow squash too.

And, we have almost full sun here.

Yellows are easy too.

Also we’re also near the kitchen door….

Okay, I said, looking around for the next bare spot to speak, and wrote “zucchini” and “yellow squash” on a seeds-to-procure list.

Tomato start is surrounded by four garlic cloves, with parsley behind and basil in the stone terrace just below.  Dead plant cuttings (to the right) keep the cat out.
Tomato start is surrounded by four garlic cloves, with parsley behind and basil in the stone terrace just below. Dead plant cuttings (to the right) keep the cat out.

Hh-hmmm, said the space behind the one lone tomato start (more will come later).

The tomato will need some company, and it’s time you began remembering what’s in those plant companion books you have!  Check ’em out!

I did and chose both parsley and basil from the seeds we have on hand to be tomato’s company, along with a few cloves of garlic from the kitchen.

Reading (again) about basil, and remembering last year’s lush plants, grown easily, I decided I needed a lot of it – for food, medicine, beauty, flowers, bees, and more – and I planted it in one bed (near the tomato) and in two containers, with more planned.

And the garlic, I read, will be good around the bases of my apricot and almond trees too.  Better get to work!  Or is it play?

Thanks, Garden, for the nudge!

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