Months ago I planted some capsicum seedlings, as I do every year, in the hopes of picking and eating ones I have grown myself. Each year they fail miserably. This year I planted them in their own garden bed in the hopes that they will feel a bit special and put in more effort.
Last week I noticed that there was an actual capsicum growing on one of the plants. A miracle!! We have had beautiful weather for one or two days lately but mostly boiling heat alternating with cold and flooding rain so I had pretty much given up on them. But this morning I went out to see if my luck was holding… and it was a mere shell. Those damn snails had chewed it up overnight. Aaaarrrggghhh….
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a green-thumbed feral playing music to my tomatoes, nor am I a person that can wither a cactus with a glance. I would love a sprawling veg garden that I could whip up a gourmet dinner from in a flash but that is never going to happen. I have a messy herb garden that does its own thing and doesn’t mind sharing, and other groups of food plants battling for survival throughout the rest of the place but as for a proper veg garden, I’m a bit too lazy for that kind of organization. I have taken to putting things that I want to grow into large pots and putting them in annoying places near the front and back doors so I will keep tripping over them and won’t forget to water and care for them.
I do have a Wollemi Pine that has managed to not only survive, but thrive for years in a large pot. I look at it every day on my way to the car and think ‘look at that, I’m not such a bad gardener after all’. I am conveniently overlooking the fact that this is a plant that has survived every type of thing the world could throw at it for millions of years and still keep going. It is hardly a delicately formed plant that evolved under specific environmental conditions. These are plants that were eaten by dinosaurs and survived ice ages. If I did kill it that would mean my dubious gardening methods were more effective than millions of years of climate change.
Tonight I will be out with the snail bait taking my revenge on those veg eating, slimy little buggers. I am still proud of my ability to keep the Wollemi alive but, to pick a capsicum, now that would be a gardening triumph!