Entry 77: Cultivation
There is a life lesson in watching someone trying to upkeep a vegetable garden; life makes its own choices.
I say this because my dad has a veggie garden, which he is proud of, and it requires a lot of care and energy to maintain, but the fruits of his labor are worth it (pun intended). He meticulously plants each seed in rows with equal spacing, and he waits for the suggested season to plant them.
But even with all his forward planning, the growth of the plants are not in his control. He can influence their positions, feed them plenty of plant food, and even protect them from pests, but in the end, it is in natures hand that determines if the plants will yield any crop.
For example, last month it rained, a lot, which is unusual for Texas. As a result of this abundant amount of water, the plants grew so many vegetables in a shorts amount of time. There were times when his cucumber patch produced, on average, three huge veggies. But, as a side effect of their rapid growth, they were spoiled and were slightly bitter. My thoughts are that they grew too fast and didn't have enough time to mature properly.
While we are on the topic of cucumbers, my dad specifically planted their seeds in the patch that has a trellis for the vines to grow on, but he found a different cucumber plant growing in an entirely different patch where it shouldn't be. As strategic as he is, life found a way to grow elsewhere.
And in conclusion, my dad can provide the upmost attention and care for his garden, but the nature of the plants take on their own destiny and are subject to the wild elements. So even though the plants may have the best gardener in our neighborhood, no one can predict when or how the vegetables will grow, only themselves.