Here in India, most
projects are subjected to the “hurry up to wait” process. We wait
until the right time, when all workers, materials, and unknown
variables come to the same point. And then we must hurry, as if to
catch up for the waiting period. My garden is not exempt from this
I have been waiting, patiently, yes, to plant new plants in my little kitchen garden. Someone even planted a little “tomato tree,” a small fruit bearing tree that resembles tomato, but isn't. I have four cement rings that I put in my garden because we didn't have a use for them, but six months ago—a use was born, and anything planted there would be eventually uprooted. Designated plants are to be taken out, but hence, the waiting began. We are waiting for the right time for the drainage system to be finalized...
Consequently, I haven't planted anything since early September. In December I went to visit family and friends in the West, during a prime planting time for spring here. And now we are in April. The cement rings remain, along with the plants.
Today we moved the tomato tree from one of the rings, and I prepared the soil as if I was going to plant lettuce... We also moved a decorative tree, which I do not know the name. And our banana plants are also overpowering this little kitchen garden, which now seems to have been taken over by trees and celery, with three rings ready for seeds. Oh...did I already mention that?!
Our plans are to finish off the drainage system, and then the garden plan will be finalized, complete with water faucets and drains underneath them. Sounds nifty, doesn't it?! We are hoping for this or next month. Please hope with us, that it is complete. : )
Meanwhile, on the other plot of garden that we are renting, the corn was harvested. People seem to like to encourage you to harvest early (before the veggie is ripe) so that it won't get stolen. What's the point of growing something, like popcorn, if you can't let it ripen on the husk. It won't pop if it is harvested prematurely. Needless to say, we waited and some people helped themselves. Still, we have enough popcorn dried and packaged for a while.
On this little plot, there is no water, so we are at the mercy of the weather. I decided to wait out the summer, because it is usually hot with no rain. Instead, this summer has been beautifully rainy and delightfully warm. The land is resting beneath 1 meter high weeds...and I may start clearing the weeds off in the next few weeks to try out some new seeds... It's hard to wait to plant, and I'm like a little child with seeds in my hands. When the seeds go into the ground. I visit every day to watch “the planties” germinate and develop. Sometimes I name them. They are like children, these dear plants.
If you have a garden, I wish you a happy planting season. Enjoy observing the growth and the subtle nuances of gardening. It's so worth it to stop everything in your day, sit down and watch your plants grow. You might feel relaxed, happy, and refreshed. It is truly worth the wait.
Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar.