Gardening and The End of the World.


Twenty two years ago, I planted my gardens and in the past four years have expanded them.  They surround my home, touching most of all sides of the lot. I grow a variety of vegetables and flowers… and most years I invest heavily in rich soil, new seeds, starters and lots of water. I trim leaves and branches to provide sunlight…

I even play music for the gardens.  492ef5d189f28ae678fd96be17854718--edvard-munch-beaux-arts

I love planting seeds and watching them grow into peppers, melons, tomatoes, pumpkins, gourds, squash, carrots, onions, corn and spices. I plant lots of flowers on all sides, but especially enjoy sunflowers out front by the street and heavenly-blue morning glories anywhere they might want to climb.

This last summer I planted a new rose.


Now it is the beginning of another fall…

I’ve got lots of plants in all stages of growing and hope we have no early-freezing.
The thrill of growth continues…

Nighttime is curious and dangerous… cold at night, but still leave a couple windows open… It’s like we’re slippin’ into darkness…


I have lots of plants in the main library office, the kitchen, the bathroom, reading room and bedroom.  


Now I’m collecting my thoughts, reading, writing and enjoying the onset of fall… I’ve been thinking about my sunflowers and morning glories. They have been shrinking. Two years ago, the “face” on the biggest sunflower was 20″ across and it was 13 foot off the ground. I did not have many morning glories planted, but that one row produced hundreds of flowers.

Last year the sunflowers were shorter so I planted more seeds and more varieties of seed ingersoll2this year. Along with hundreds of sunflowers. I started at least one hundred morning glories among all the gardens. But this has been a rough year.
Last year we lost plants to hailstorms in the middle of spring. This year came wildfires.

Most of the tomatoes this year are looking good right now…  And my biggest sunflower is 12 foot or more tall already.


I have seen several morning glories blossoming. And the gardens have lots of pumpkins flowers but few pumpkins so far. Winter is waiting in the wings.


Last winter I was reading the end of “Earth is the Strangest Planet.” (From my bathtub library) The last story was written by Robert Silverberg, the editor of these ten stories of science fiction. Silverberg’s tale is called “When We Went to See the End of the World.”

“The next morning the Sunday paper wasn’t delivered because of the Bridge Authority rainy4strike, and the radio said the mutant amoebas were proving harder to eliminate than originally anticipated.  They were spreading into Lake Superior and everyone in the region would have to boil all drinking water.

Nick and Jane discussed where they would go for their next vacation. “What about going to see the end of the world all over again?” Jane suggested, and Nick laughed quite a good deal.

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