Waiting for Vegetables

I’ve mentioned I am not a patient person. I’d like everything to happen right now. It’s no different with my garden. I plant seeds and want them to instantly pop up their little green heads. Then, after I’ve waited and waited for them to grow, I want them to produce vegetables at the speed of light. This waiting thing is driving me crazy.

The green beans, garden peas, and sugar snaps have been producing for quite a while now. The lettuces and spinach can always be counted on to feed us quickly. Even the zucchini are doing their jobs and doing it so well I’m giving zucchini away. But my pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, and even the bell peppers are starting to drive me crazy!

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There are some tiny little peppers here and there, although I admit I’ve gotten some banana peppers and even one jalapeño that was huge. But, although my tomatoes have tons of fruit, they’re not ready yet. And I’m getting a couple of pickle-size cucumbers a day. There are a million flowers on the vines but they need to all turn into perfect little pickle cucumbers. Now.

I find myself sitting on the ground talking to the plants. “C’mon. You need to work harder. Other plants are making you look like slackers!” I hear the seconds ticking by as the darned plants still aren’t popping out instant vegetables. Why can’t my vegetable garden be like those nature shows on TV? I want a time-lapse garden. Everything should go from seed to kitchen in the time between commercials.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Godot showed up before the vegetables were ready.

Of course I tell myself that the garden is good for me. It helps me learn patience. That’s not true. Every year around this time I find myself cursing how slow nature moves. I want to have fresh vegetables on the dinner table. I want to get to the harvesting, canning, drying, and freezing part of having a garden.

But I know me. When I’m knee deep in all the vegetables that seemed as if they’d never actually be ready I’ll start thinking that next year I’m just going to buy everything from a farmers market. Then, as I’m actually doing the canning, dehydrating, and freezing I’m going to decide that it’s all too much work for an old lady. I’ll start picturing my garden gone and thick, green grass I can stretch out on in its place.

By September I’ll be resolute. No garden next year. I’m done. If God had wanted me to grow my own food He wouldn’t have created grocery stores. Buying vegetables at the store helps the economy and keeps people working. It’s a good thing. And how bad can GMO produce really be for us? Yep. The garden is going, I’ll tell myself.

And, about February I’ll start ordering seeds and by March I’ll be cursing Michigan weather because I can’t start tilling and planting in the frozen ground. In the early part of April I’ll want to set fire to the garden to warm the soil so the early crops can go in the ground. And by May I’ll wonder why I ever thought I didn’t want a garden.

So the waiting for vegetables will begin again. Like the tides and the cycles of the moon it’s inevitable.

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7 thoughts on “Waiting for Vegetables

  • August 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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    I couldn’t agree with you more. Everyday, I run outdoors before sunrise to see if my tomatoes, eggplant and peppers are ready for harvest. The wait can be maddening.

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    • August 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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      It’s really not that bad. I’m almost used to the facial tic I’ve developed and my husband barely jumps when I scream out the window, “GROW, DAMNIT!” I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who is constantly checking. Thanks for the comment! I feel I have a sister in waiting.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 3:11 am
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    And then there is the 90+ degree temperature where everything is roasted before it can be harvested. Maybe I could just grow peanuts and I’ll have wonderful roasted peanuts. Dang weather here in CA is ridiculous. Spring, summer, fall — all the same. We did get some wonderful peaches this year! The tree was so loaded we had to stake up the branches. But I miss having fresh vegies, and this is the first year here that I don’t have any. Even our pumpkins fried before they even got started! Bah humbug.

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    • August 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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      The weather has been insane. Half the people are baking and the others are so wet they’re practically drowning. And then there’s the bunch that’s hot and wet! My garden is turning into a disappointment this year, too. I’m spending the afternoon ripping some things out and planting some veggies I hope will fruit before the cold hits. I’m at that part of the year I swear no garden ever again!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 3:16 am
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    Well, looks like it got posted? Sorry about that. I got this message: Sorry, this comment could not be posted. So I went to a page where I knew I could post, then came back here, and there it is! Well, for crying out loud! LOL Okay! That works!

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    • August 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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      Another example of computers making our lives easier. Ha! I’m glad you are able to comment.

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