I was reminded of my favorite Chinese proverb this morning when I stepped into the garden armed for battle. Mentally though, I was not at all excited. I half-heartedly picked a Japanese beetle off a Lungo Bianco Squash blossom and spritzed my Garden Safe, Eco-Safe, Nature-Safe, Insect-safe, Neem oil towards a tomato worm. I surveyed the havoc our "pet" armadillo had rendered overnight but didn't move an inch towards the toppled over, trampled on plants like I normally do.
My husband made his latest, outraged, Armadillo comment, "That's it! I'm going to get a 22!"
He won't but I really wish he would. You can't hate me for wanting to whack the armadillo until you've had your own armadillo destroy your gardens nearly every night for three years and spent your mornings replanting or throwing away your prized plants. Not to mention filling in tunneled holes and reshoveling displaced mulch so your friends, neighbors and Republicans on the campaign trail don't trip and sue you. (There are no Democrates running for office in my town.)
When I returned to spraying the aphids on my heirloom tomatoes, while being careful not to spray the lady beetles and assasins bugs, I could not remember what possesed me to raise non-disease resistant heirloom vegetables from seeds again. The ninety-degree temperatures and humidity had obviously wilted my brain along with the cucumbers.
...Until I spied a perfectly ripe, pear-shaped Japanese Black Trifele Tomato. My taste memory kicked in and trumped my gardening agony. I grabbed my pruners and carefully removed the tasty treasure from the vine. The Trifele is exactly as described in the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog. 'Attractive tomatoes are the shape and size of a Bartlett pear, with a beautiful purplish-brick color. The fruit are perfect and smooth with no cracks. The flavor is absolutely sublime, having all the richness of fine chocolate.'
As for the Chinese Proverb...
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
Lunch was looking good.
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