Wednesday, September 17, 2008


BOBBY CARROTSEED


I can't believe I'm driving home with hundreds of carrot seeds in my workshirt pocket, I just bought them, and have already planted potatoes, spinach, chard, garlic and plan to plant onions-- onions! in a couple of weeks, can you believe it? No, I'm not crazy, nor am I starting a monkey charity - get the hairy marauders on a path by which they can improve their lives? Not! It's no use trying to redeem those onion pirates, those carrot cadgers, no matter how fundamental you are - no, I have a more realistic kind of faith: faith in fences.

It's that new high antimonkey (and deer and wild pig) fence that's gonna go up around my garden as soon as my shoulder heals, it's changed my view of world fertility, my attitude toward seeds, my hopes for a more amenable and vegetable future - a fresh lettuce, tomato and onion sandwich of the spirit, with potato chips and cucumber pickle on the side and strawberries for dessert - and as the day draws closer I feel like a kid again, I can do anything I want, I'm a superman of seed, I can plant just about anything, I can plant watermelons this summer if I want to, and then I can actually have the watermelons!

I can plant zucchini! And cucumbers and tomatoes too! And pumpkins and squashes, eggplant, green peppers, spring onions, purple onions, green beans, snow peas and and and: I dance in my mind through the garden with my hands in the air, seeds falling from my fingers! No longer will I have to censor my garden menu as I look wistfully at the seed rack filled with a rainbow of seed packets at the farm store while monkeyless urbanoids blithely select any vegetable they want; I am vegetably free, I realize as I drive home with the sun on my cheeks and the wind in my hair, singing "Call Any Vegetable," visions of roots and leaves and fruits in my eyes, my pockets full of seeds that I'm going to put in the ground all over the landscape, everywhere is a garden, just call me Bobby Carrotseed!


5 comments:

Tabor said...

If you have truly found the solution to garden thieves I applaud you. I want pictures of this fence as it goes up! I sure hope it works, as the deer who have thus far left me alone, are breeding like rabbits and I anticipate crop loss this spring.

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious! Suzy Creamcheese

Anonymous said...

In England we say "don't count your chickens before they hatch!"

Good luck,
Wembley

Mary Lou said...

Well the fence around my place did it's job and kept the deer and raccoons out of the garden but the SQUIRRELS who come out of the TREES are another problem!

Bob Brady said...

Aha! Squirrels! I don't have squirrels! Of course monkeys come out of trees, but I'm ready...