lars' garden philosophy
Lars keeps his gardening principles simple: seeds go in dirt, plants grow, plants like water, plants don't like weeds. To be honest, my gardening principles are about the same. But keeping it simple seems to be working because we had another great year of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Which really means that things we planted grew like they were meant to grow. And Lars helped out every step of the way, from prepping the beds, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and his favorite gardening technique: trimming. According to Lars, a lot of plants need to be trimmed, kind of like hair. Especially dill, which Lars approached as an afro wanting to be a buzzcut. I started making dill bouquets from the piles of chopped dill. They actually looked nice.
But the best part of this years' garden was the yellow cherry tomatoes. That were actually orange. Anyhow, Lars started getting out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to pick them. Happily, I got to sleep through it. Until I would get woken up by his unbridled excitement to give me a handful of tomatoes as a "morning present." But it's pretty sweet, right? I mean, how could I resent being awake before any other well-rested human on the planet when my adorable four year old wants to give me a present of squashed tomatoes? Sleep is overrated anyhow.
So we've already started talking about what to grow next year. Lars' requests are sunflowers, watermelons and "definitely dill because it's just so delicious." Or because it's fun to "trim" (Lars Scissorhands). Personally, I would like to try corn again because we are a corn loving household. Plus, the corn I tried to grow last year was bland and gross. According to Lars it was actually "disgusting." But I refuse to give up. I will grow delicious corn before I die. No. Matter. What.
And maybe, if I'm really lucky, next year Lars will stay in the garden til noon before waking me with a handful of squashed tomatoes.