The prompt I saw read as follows:
“Imagine that you are planting three seeds that will grow and bloom. What are they?”
So I thought I would share three things which were planted in the garden over the years. Everything is done organic because I am extremely nitpicky and nag about this. Not certified since this is a home garden, but I was giving away lettuce, celery, or other items to neighbors every time I grew too much.
The Yukon Gold potato was created in the 1960s by Gary Johnston who was a scientist and agricultural icon in Canada. These potatoes were first bred at Ontario Agricultural College in 1966 from a potato which originated in North Dakota, Yukon Gold grows throughout Canada as well as the Midwest and Western regions of the United States and is widely found at grocers or farmers markets.
Born in 1737 Antoine Parmentier became a pharmacist in the French army and subsequently spent three years as a prisoner of war. The prison diet consisted largely of potatoes which the Prussians cultivated while the French viewed them with disdain. Once freed he made the potato his obsession. A copy of Parmentier’s treatise made its way to Jefferson’s library at Monticello making it possible that Thomas Jefferson brought what would become the french fry back with him to serve at a White House dinner.
Delphinium is the symbol of joy, happiness, and goodwill representing positive communication and interactions while utilized as a symbol to ward off evil spirits or negative energy for generations. The Delphinium flower is also the official birth flower for July. Mom and I are July babies.
Their name originates via the Greek word delphin for dolphin as the flower’s spur resembles a dolphin’s back. These flowers also played a role in Greek mythology as the flowers bloomed from the blood of the Greek God Ajax during the Trojan War.
A butterfly mom left several eggs on my parsley. I wound up raising 5 black swallowtail butterflies from caterpillars and releasing them documenting their birthdays as well particularly the one that spent a year in chrysalis and emerged on my late maternal grandfather’s birthday.
Parsley has a unique history connecting it to death and the underworld in many different cultures in Europe. Some tie parsley to protection, purification, love, and communication with spirits among others. Medicinal benefits are varied and parsley is full of antioxidants helping with skin irritations and aiding digestion. It was believed by the Ancient Greeks that parsley sprung from the blood of a hero and son of death named Archemorus as he was consumed by serpents. This led to the belief that parsley was sacred and it was placed on tables in the home. It was likewise used to decorate tombs or made into wreaths for the victors of funeral games. The Greeks also fed parsley to their horses to give them strength.
Here is a few more items we grew:
My neighbor’s daughter taught me this before they moved. Both her and her brother were always looking over the fence from their trampoline with their friends to see what was happening in the garden and wanting to come over. I had so many green beans I had to collect bowls of them every day and eat them!
For two years I had this massively large garlic chive that flowered keeping bees and butterflies content. Then winter storm Uri left me convinced it was dead. But later in 2021 I noticed new plants growing and as they grew I began counting in my bed. I have 15 garlic chives now growing.
We had a huge pollinator garden which allowed me to take photos of many different butterflies as well as a few other guests!
Was often added to pasta dishes actually. We grew Italian Basil this year, but some random Thai Basil actually returned and intermingled with the Italian as companion plants.
Actually lots of intermingling has occurred. Some of my neighbor’s wild violas wind pollinated in the garden. The squirrels have been fed by an unknown neighbor peanuts which they keep planting in my beds, and I get inundated by random peanut plants all over. Buckwheat, pea, and oat grass cover crops seem to enjoy growing together as the seeds wind pollinate.
I have so many garden photos I have plans to use them on Redbubble somehow (I’ve never done this before). Actually the biggest issue is that I had an iMac for over a decade and my iPhone. I’ve been trying to use a Microsoft laptop which I detest their products, but could not afford a new iMac. Long story short Microsoft won’t sync to anything from my iCloud and/or has problems if I try other file share avenues. This means getting to my photos is difficult, and I’m presently spending a lot of time trying to work around this with zip files and other cloud storage. Somehow on my old iMac it had zero hang ups between receiving or converting between the two systems yet Microsoft is exactly the way I remembered it which is why I had previously boycotted them as if they were the literal plague. My first ever computer was Apple and it sold me in a heartbeat in a way Microsoft never could. And I was thankful I had options. Linux I know nothing about, but had wondered as to what it may offer or have as drawbacks. But I digress and apologize for the semi complaint/rant. I do not like feeling as if what should be easy is made difficult over what to me appears utterly illogical with computers and AI since I’ve dealt with absurdities for far too long as I get older.
I never grew anything before. After my foot injuries mentioned in a previous blog post and my interest in environmentalism this was the journey taken. And while I was laid up during surgery the land laid fallow. I have since managed to cover crop and grow some pollinator plants or herbs to help re-establish my soil in my beds which keep on giving. My soil is really fertile, does not require much fertilizing or look out, and grows wild monstrous plants. It grows everything from weeds to anything my neighbor’s grow which wind sows in the soil. Every time I have thought plants were finished and cut them back or tried to compost they miraculously come right back. I even had romanesco one year start growing again in my compost bed completely random after I tossed the leaves and stem in at the end of a harvest.
And I used to think I had zero green thumb and would kill anything if I touched it.
PS: iCloud for Windows problem now resolved after a headache of getting it to download/install so now I can access photos off my iPhone on my laptop. Finally some light at the end of a dark tunnel. Thank you!