Optimism and Realism

I think that anyone who plants a garden must be an optimist at heart.  To plant little seeds and expect them to grow into fruits and vegetables – it seems impossible – and yet, we plant them and watch what happens.  Here are recent photos of some of the seeds we’ve planted and nurtured that we are looking forward to eating in a month or two:

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Red Okra


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Yukon Gold White Potatoes (our niece helped us put these in the ground last month and they are looking great!)

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Peas (Calico Crowders and Big Red Rippers)

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Tomatoes (we’ve planted nine different kinds this year)

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Yellow Squash

Optimism will only go so far, though…and that is when a dose of realism is necessary.  For example,

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Sweet Potatoes

…these sweet potatoes were planted after onion seeds failed to emerge.  The sweet potatoes are looking great (hey – sure hope they don’t taste like onions!).

We spend a lot of time just walking around our garden area, staring intently at the individual plants as if that might help them to grow faster.  We’ll let you know if it does.

In addition to the garden, Mr. Fifty Shades is making headway on the deck project which started out as a small deck outside our back door and will eventually be almost the width of the house.

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Original part of the deck

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Extended deck, attached to original

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More deck infrastructure

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Until next time….

Optimistically Yours,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres!





5 thoughts on “Optimism and Realism

  1. I love this post! Once a seed is planted, it is an extraordinary experience to watch it grow. That goes for humans, as well.

  2. If you ask me, it is pretty dern optimistic to strike out for new territory and become homesteaders, at a time in life when lots of other folks are looking for ways to slow down and spend more time in their rocking chairs. So, of course you two are optimistic about those little acorns becoming might oaks!

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